Arsenal (opens in new tab) are reportedly set to miss out on Juventus star Paulo Dybala if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, with Inter Milan emerging as the frontrunners to sign the forward on a free transfer.
The Argentina international made a tearful farewell to Juventus (opens in new tab)fans on Monday night after a 2-2 draw with Lazio in Turin, as he’s set to leave the club at the end of his contract this summer. Gazzetta dello Sport (opens in new tab) writes that Inter (opens in new tab)are determined to pinch Dybala from their rivals and partner him with compatriot Lautaro Martinez up front next season.
The Nerazzurri first contacted the 28-year-old’s representatives months ago and they will soon table an official contract offer, likely to be a four-year deal worth €6 million per year net plus bonuses.
The outlet adds that Arsenal made an inquiry about Dybala a few weeks ago, but the Premier League club won't be considered an attractive destination if they can’t offer Champions League football next season.
The Gunners have suffered a spectacular end-of-season collapse to lose their grip on fourth place.
Mikel Arteta’s side lost 3-0 to direct top-four rivals Tottenham (opens in new tab)in the north London derby last week, before losing 2-0 at Newcastle on Monday.
Those results saw Spurs leapfrog their neighbours into fourth spot, and Antonio Conte’s side are two points clear with one game to go.
Arsenal now need a final day miracle to secure Champions League qualification, as they must beat Everton and hope that relegated Norwich somehow defeat Spurs at Carrow Road.
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The rumour mill is going into overdrive over who Arsenal will bring in to fill the centre-forward spot in the team next season. Tammy Abraham has been heavily linked since last summer with those whispers refusing to go away, Ivan Toney has entered the frame as an option, while "the new Thierry Henry" has been touted.
Gabriel Jesus is a big rumour doing the rounds right now, as is Darwin Nunez, who Manchester United are reportedly closer to signing. Another Brazilian wonderkid is also apparently in talks.
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.
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