Confirmed: Arsenal dealt transfer blow as reported target agrees deal with Italian giants
By Matt Bullin
Superstar striker Paulo Dybala has dealt Arsenal a blow by agreeing to sign a new five-year deal at Juventus.
The 23-year-old Argentine forward has signed a new deal keeping him at Juventus until 2022, and the news was announced on Thursday on the official Juventus Twitter page.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) April 13, 2017
It will be a big disappointment to Arsenal fans after reports suggested Max Allegri could bring the forward with him from Juventus to the Emirates.
Dybala signed for the Old Lady back in summer 2015 in a £28million move from Palermo, although Arsenal were also close to securing his services at that time.
This season, the 23-year-old has been enjoying his most prolific campaign yet, scoring 16 goals in his 36 outings in all competitions, as well as laying on eight assists.
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He scored a brace against Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night, and the news of his new contract will come as a massive boost to Juventus fans.
Since signing for Juventus, Dybala has also represented Argentina six times, although he is yet to score.
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This is a huge blow to all of Dybala’s potential suitors, but none more than Arsenal who are in dire need of a marquee summer signing. In his two-and-a-half seasons at Juventus the Argentine has netted 39 goals and created 17 assists in his 82 league and cup appearances. A goal every other game is a commendable record at any level, but particularly in Italy where the defences are known to be so well-drilled. The Gunners need a big signing this summer, if not only to appease the fans, but also to convince their other star men that staying at the Emirates is worth it. However disappointingly for them, a move for Dybala is now off the table, even if manager Allegri does make the switch.
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