Arsenal, Juve To Battle For Dybala
Arsenal have put in a bid of £22million for transfer target Paulo Dybala. The young Argentine has made the Gunners his first-choice should he decide to leave Italy, but he still looks set for a move within Serie A.
Arsenal have been extensively linked with the 21-year-old Palermo striker who has scored 12 goals in 27 Serie A games so far this season.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini said on Tuesday that the Gunners will battle with Juventus for Dybala’s signature, but the Serie A club’s valuation is likely to prove problematic for both clubs.
“For Dybala I have received concrete proposals, two bids of €30 million [£22million] from two clubs, but I said that I want 40 ,” Zamparini told Radio Marte. He added that he is in constant communication with Juve chief executive Beppe Marotta.
“Juventus? Yes, it could materialise. I am in contact with Marotta, I know he cares but he must hurry, I have other teams on him.
“After Easter I will meet Dybala’s agent, who is working well for the future of the boy. Whether he stays in Italy or go abroad? 50-50. Napoli? [club president] De Laurentiis wants him, but I told him not to think of another Cavani.
“He would prefer to stay in Italy, he still wants to play in Serie A. Of the English teams, Arsenal is the first choice for the way Wenger’s team plays.”
Chelsea In Walcott Link
Chelsea are said to be monitoring Theo Walcott’s contractual situation at Arsenal and could make a move if he fails to sign a new deal. The England international is out of contract next summer and has yet to begin talks amidst fears he may quit the club.
Lack of playing time is Walcott’s main fear. He missed much of 2014 with a knee injury but he has struggled to regain his place in the Arsenal side and has played just 300 minutes in the Premier League since his return in November.
Liverpool have already been linked with Walcott, but The Times claims today that Chelsea could also put in a bid this summer.
Walcott’s current deal expires at the end of next season and he is more likely to be sold at the end of the season rather than be allowed to leave for nothing next summer.
Cazorla Plays Down Atletico Link
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has played down rumours linking him with a move away from the Emirates.
Cazorla has been linked with Atletico but told Spanish newspaper El Mundo that he is happy at the Emirates.
“Let’s see, I’ve heard the same as everyone else and these questions seem to go round and round. To date I have not heard from anyone, they are just rumours. And to tell the truth, I do not worry much.
“I’m fine at Arsenal. I live in Hampstead in London, 15 minutes from the centre of the city and 15 minutes from the training complex, and I’m very comfortable. It is an ideal area for school children.
“I’m calm …The future – we’ll see.”
Cazorla, 30, is under contract at the Emirates until 2016.