Arsenal and Chelsea blow! Paulo Dybala agrees to join Juventus
By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Paulo Dybala has agreed to join Juventus in a deal worth around £23million, Football Insider sources understand.
The Champions League finalists tied up a move for the Palermo striker on Thursday following extensive discussions between the two clubs.
It is a blow to Arsenal and Chelsea, who have had meetings with the Sicilian club and Dybala’s representatives but were told last week that the 21-year-old striker was on the verge of signing for Juventus.
Dybala was not selected for Palermo last Sunday to prevent him from getting injured ahead of his transfer to his new club.
The Argentine has been targeted by a number of leading teams after Palermo made it clear they would sell him this summer rather than allow him to enter the final 12 months of his contract.
Arsenal and Chelsea have extensively scouted the forward this season and have been impressed by his ability to play anywhere across the forward line. The Premier League giants registered their interest in Dybala in a bid to trump Juventus for a player who has contributed 13 goals and 10 assists this season in Serie A alone.
As revealed by Football Insider, Arsenal told Palermo in initial discussions they rate Dybala at just below the £20m mark and were unwilling to pay more for the player, while Juventus have offered £23m.
Talks between the Champions League semi-finalists and Palermo have centred on the structure of the deal and the performance-related add-ons that could be added to the initial fee. An announcement is expected in the coming days.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini emphasised the interest in Dybala by claiming that Arsenal and Juventus have tabled offers for him and that the Londoners were the player’s Premier League “first choice”.
However, the Gunners baulked at Zamparini’s public valuation of his prize asset of €40m (£28.5m) and Arsene Wenger denied the Gunners had made a bid.
Dybala is out of contract in the summer of 2016 and his representatives told the Serie A club earlier this year that he will not sign a contract extension.