Arsenal lodge £31.4m bid: is this their first January signing?

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Paulo DybalaDeep down, Arsene Wenger must be highly disappointed with the performances that his side have conjured up this season. He’s a competitive man, so he’ll be frustrated with what he’s seen thus far. That being said, the shortcomings of this particular team are linked to the decisions he made last summer.

Why didn’t he sign another centre-back? Don’t Arsenal need a better defensive midfielder than Mathieu Flamini? Was Danny Welbeck the best choice?

Luckily, the January transfer window is right around the corner. The Professor will have an opportunity to right some of these wrongs. Let’s hope that this chance doesn’t go begging.

This brings me to The Metro‘s claim that The Gunners are closing in on a deal for Palermo hot-shot Paulo Dybala. The Argentine ace is widely regarded as one of the best young players in the world. He’s a lightning quick striker with bags of technique and some real finishing ability. He may only be 20-years-old, but he’s put in a number of eye-catching performances thus far this year.

He’s even earned some comparisons to Sergio Aguero, but this may just be wishful thinking, linked to the two player’s nationalities.

The aforementioned source even claims that Arsenal have lodged a £31.4m bid for the players service’s. That’s a huge amount of money for a player of his age. It’s also evidence of how well thought of he is. It’s almost as much as The Gunners paid for Alexis Sanchez. If Dybala makes half as much impact, he’ll prove to have been an excellent signing.

Unfortunately, The Gunners may not have a free run at the player. It’s thought that Borussia Dortmund are also keeping tabs on the Argentine (perhaps they see him as a potential replacement for Marco Reus, who looks to be on his way out of the club). Let’s just hope that Arsene Wenger is ready to battle it out. Paulo Dybala strikes me as a player that’s worth fighting for.

What’s your take? Is Paulo Dybala really worth £31.4m?

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