Arsenal are weighing up a summer move for Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala, according to reports.
The Gunners are said to be in the market for new attacking players ahead of next season, with the immediate futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Martin Odegaard currently less than certain.
The former has been linked with a number of top European clubs including Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, suggesting that his time in north London could be set to come to an end in the near future.
Meanwhile, Odegaard seems likely to return to parent club Real Madrid in the summer, although Arsenal could try and secure his services on a permanent basis.
Recent reports have suggested that Los Blancos will not consider any offers for the Norway international, meaning that alternative options will need to be considered.
Club director Edu appears to have already kicked off his preparations for the upcoming transfer window by identifying Dybala as a prime target, according to Spanish outlet Sport.
The report claims that the 27-year-old is being watched closely by the Gunners, who would be ‘delighted’ to sign him if a permanent move for Odegaard is not possible at the end of the season.
Dybala, who is equally comfortable in a No 10 role as he is leading the line in attack, is under contract at Juventus until next summer but has missed the vast majority of the current campaign with a knee ligament injury.
It is suggested that ‘everything indicates that he will leave Italy this summer’, potentially opening the door for Arsenal to swoop for his signature.
However, negotiations are unlikely to be plain sailing with Juventus eager to keep hold of their man.
The report also states that the Serie A giants are not willing to let Dybala leave the club for any price, while it remains to be seen if the Argentina international would be open to joining a team without European football next season.
With this in mind, it seems as though Dybala may decide against a move to north London unless Mikel Arteta ‘s side manage to pull off a miracle.
Arsenal have been linked with a number of other attacking options, including Real Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir, who is also a long-term target for Liverpool.
Arteta claimed earlier this month that his side will be active in the summer window, suggesting that a large-scale overhaul is needed before next season kicks off in order to mount a fresh challenge to secure European qualification.
“I think what we have to do in the summer is unprecedented for a club of this stature,” the Spaniard told reporters.
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“To do the amount of transactions that we have to make, it tells you as well where we are. I think it was very much needed and you want to improve, you want to do that.
“It’s where you have things in the house and you believe that you can improve on it. Externally acquiring players to go to the next level.
“Everything is planned and let’s see what the market can bring and what the last few months can bring to the club.”