According to Sky Italia, the agent of Arsenal and Tottenham target Paulo Dybala is in London ahead of a potential move to the Premier League for his client.
What’s the story?
Well, Jorge Antun – who represents the €32m (£27m) forward – has travelled to London, although it is a mystery as to whether he met with Arsenal or Tottenham.
However, the timing of his visit is certainly interesting.
Antun arrives in London just a few weeks after it was said that Spurs had offered Dybala a contract, as his deal with Juventus expires in June.
Elsewhere, Tutto Mercato Web reporter Giacomo Iacobellis claimed that Arsenal had held talks with the Argentina international’s representatives.
Therefore, it’s certainly possible that Antun has travelled to England to speak to one of the north Londoners, if not both.
It seemed as if Mikel Arteta and Antonio Conte had missed out on the 28-year-old, after some outlets claimed he was on his way to Inter Milan.
However, that has since been denied by Antun.
So far this season, Dybala has scored 15 goals in 37 appearances, while also providing six assists.
Arsenal need Paulo Dybala more than Tottenham
If last night’s north London derby told us anything, it’s that Arsenal need Dybala far more than Tottenham do.
Let’s put it this way. The Gunners lined up with Eddie Nketiah at centre-forward, whereas Spurs could call upon Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
With all due respect, there is a massive gap in quality between those options, so Arteta must ensure he brings Dybala – or another top striker – to the Emirates Stadium.
Additionally, Nketiah becomes a free agent in June, while Alexandre Lacazette also sees his contract expire – as things stand, they are Arsenal’s only senior options in that area, with the exception of Folarin Balogun.
Therefore, if Edu and Arteta fail to sign a striker, then next season could prove to be a difficult campaign.