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Report: Paulo Dybala prefers Juventus move despite interest from Arsenal

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While one Argentine striker continues to be Captain Awesome for Juventus, one of his countrymen being tipped for stardom is still being rumored to be one of the club's top transfer targets in the summer.

With the widely-talked about word that 21-year-old Palermo striker Paulo Dybala wants to above all else stay in Italy if he is to move away from Sicily, the rumored clubs being linked to the young Argentine courtesy of the Italian press weren't too far behind. Juventus being tipped for a move to sign Dybala isn't new, neither is the fact that Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini is going to be looking for a whole lot of cash whenever his latest crown-jeweled asset is sold.

Even with Juventus reportedly being Dybala's No. 1 choice, there's still plenty of interest from elsewhere.

Next week, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini will meet with representatives from Arsenal, the English club has been interested in the Argentine striker for quite some time. But Dybala prefers to stay in Italy and his first choice is Juventus, but Palermo has yet to agree to a price for Dybala with the bianconeri. Dybala's situation is evolving, will his future take place in Italy or England?

(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)

Seeing as it's the first international break of the calendar year and there's nothing really going on right now, I wouldn't be surprised if there a couple more Dybala-to-Juventus items before the game gets underway.

But let's just look at the pursuit of Dybala for what it likely is to be: Juventus is going to see even more of an infusion of cash thanks to making the Champions League quarterfinals — and maybe more that just that — this season. Dybala isn't going to come anything close to what you would consider "cheap" or "affordable," which means a good portion of that cash would probably go to Zamp's bank account.

So if Juve see Dybala as a potential replacement for Tévez beyond next season, they will have to invest a heavy amount of money to do so. Obviously he's doing to say he's not going to cost a huge stack of cash, with his 12 goals this season just outside the top five where the likes of his countrymen Tévez, Mauro Icardi and Gonzalo Higuaín have been pretty much all year.

And when you throw in the fact that it's not just Arsenal who have reported interest in Dybala — Manchester United, Chelsea, Roma amongst others — the bidding war for his services is just a few months from taking place. Basically, there's going to be plenty of twists and turns in the pursuit of Dybala no matter who signs him.