By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Wenger wants the Gunners to be at the front of the queue for the world’s top emerging talents and has his eye on someone who can be bought in his early 20s and spend his peak years at Arsenal.
Football Insider sources have learned that the north Londoners are in the market for a ‘special forward player’ this summer although they are not expected to buy an orthodox striker.
With growing doubts about Theo Walcott’s future, Arsenal are looking for a mobile forward who can play in any of the front three positions and in the No10 role behind the spearhead.
As reported by Football Insider, Arsenal are negotiating with Palermo for 21-year-old Argentine Paulo Dybala and are also monitoring the situations of the likes of Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus, Schalke’s Julian Draxler and Liverpool contract rebel Raheem Sterling.
Speaking on Thursday, Wenger denied the claim of Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini that Arsenal have made a formal bid for Dybala, saying “ask him to show you the offer”.
Nevertheless, it is understood that the Gunners are working on a deal to sign Dybala and will hold a second round of talks with the Serie A club in an attempt to beat Juventus and Chelsea to the capture of the highly-rated Argentine.
Dybala has been regularly scouted by Arsenal this season, and he has received glowing reports in a breakthrough campaign which has yielded 12 goals and seven assists in the league.
Arsenal have the funds in place to make another big splash in this year’s market and are prepared to follow the landmark signings of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez over the two previous summers with another high profile capture.