After a scintillating start to the Serie A season, rumours of a big money move for Palermo’s 21-year-old forward, Paulo Dybala have been an almost weekly feature in the European press. With the January transfer window about to open, it is now being reported that Arsenal have officially entered the bidding process by tabling a whopping €40 million offer. Borussia Dortmund are also thought to have contacted Palermo, who will now be hoping that an ensuing bidding war between some of Europe’s most powerful clubs sees the price sky rocket.
Palermo signed Dybala from Instituto in 2011 for around €12 million and some weeks ago were thought to have slapped a €40 million price tag on their main asset. President, Maurizio Zamparini claimed, “Within two years, he’s going to be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic. It would take €40m (£31m) to take him away from us. He’s the best striker in Serie A.”
Since issuing that statement, Dybala has scored seven goals in his fourteen Serie A appearances this season and has been subject to interest from the Italian national side, as they look to poach him from his native Argentina. His first call up to La Albiceleste is surely just around the corner but it now looks as though a transfer away from Palermo might come first.
Several news outlets are now reporting that Palermo now see the value as closer to €50 million and it is Dortmund who are considered the front runners given their initial bid is greater than the €40 million that Arsene Wenger’s side have offered. If such firm interest is indeed true and Palermo are willing to cash in on Dybala then a January transfer looks almost certain.