Arsenal’s pursuit of Palermo forward Paulo Dybala has taken a turn for the worst, with the Gunners seemingly changing their stance on meeting the £28.9m asking price.
Reports earlier this week suggested that Arsenal were willing to pay, but now it seems that the hierarchy have reassessed the situation and are not willing to part with that much money for an as yet unproven forward.
Arsene Wenger remains keen on securing the 21-year-old’s services, but only if Palermo can be persuaded to lower their demands when the transfer window opens.
Wenger has been more lenient with his wallet in recent years, with the £42.5m signing of Mesut Ozil and the £35m signing of Alexis Sanchez in successive summer windows being two notable outlays. However, this deal seems to be a step too far for the more free spending Wenger.
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