Arsenal reportedly closing in on deal for the ‘new Aguero’ in Serie A

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Arsenal could be closing in on a deal for high-rated Palermo striker Paulo Dybala, if reports in Europe are to be believed.

The 21-year-old Argentine striker has caught the eye of several clubs this season after scoring six goals in just 14 league outings for the newly-promoted Serie A side.

And Fichajes is now reporting that the former Instituto striker could be the subject of an audacious bid from the Gunners, with Arsene Wenger thought to be keen on bringing another forward to the Emirates.

A former Argentina under-17 international, Dybala is also eligible to represent Poland and Italy and has already been linked with a move to Southampton.

Capable of shooting from distance and known for his dribbling skills, Dybala has already earned two Man of the Match awards for Palermo in Serie A this season, starring and scoring in a 2-1 win over Cesena and a 1-1 draw with Udinese.

An excellent passer of the ball who is also know for tracking back when required, the 21-year-old has already been dubbed the “new Aguero” in some quarters for his pace, ball skills and similar small frame.

Highly-rated both domestically and across Europe, Dybala could cost Arsenal as much as €31m if reports are to be believed, though details of the potential deal remain sketchy at best.

Palermo currently sit 12th in Serie A, following a solid start to life back in the Italian top-flight and could yet be hesitant to allow the striker to leave in January, should any deal come to fruition.

The player, meanwhile, may wish to hold off on a big-money move after seeing the difficulties currently being endured by former teammate and fellow South American Abel Hernandez.

Hull recruited the Uruguayan prior to the close of the summer transfer window in deal worth £10m to the Italian club but Hernandez has so far failed to hit top form for the Tigers, scoring just three goals in the Premier League so far this term, despite netting on his debut for the club.

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