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REPORTS: Paulo Dybala set to reject Arsenal for Italian giants

According to multiple reports, the Argentine striker will stay in Italy and further his career with the Old Lady

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Last week, there were reports suggesting Arsenal could possibly be in for Palermo striker Paulo Dybala. Today, according to reports from Italy, the Gunners appear out of the running for his services as Serie A champions Juventus have agreed a fee with their domestic counterparts and reached an agreement with the player on a four-year deal:

Italian champions Juventus...are confident of completing a deal for the 21-year-old Argentine thought to be worth more than £30million, before the end of the week.

Palermo's president Maurizio Zamparini last week went as far as declaring Dybala done for the season in order to preserve his value on the transfer market, so it was simply a matter of what club, out of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Juventus, would end up with him. It turns out, however, that using the richest clubs in England's as a tactic to get the truly interested clubs to add on more to the final transfer fee is an effective tool when navigating an open market.

There will probably be more instances like this than there are geniune transfer targets before the summer transfer window closes when it comes to players linked with Arsenal, so it's probably best to take many of these cases with the smallest grain of salt you can find.