Arsenal just reached agreement to sign 'wonderful' player for free, but deal may collapse now - former player
Massimo Brambati has claimed that Paulo Dybala reached an agreement with Arsenal to join them as a free agent this summer.
The Argentine, branded as ‘wonderful’ by Rory Smith, has been at Juventus since 2015, and he has been one of their best players. In his seven seasons in Turin, he has played 292 games for The Old Lady and has directly been involved in 163 goals.
Dybala has won 12 trophies with Juventus and is a real hero there, but his time in Turin is up. He has confirmed that he’ll be leaving the Allianz Stadium this summer, and Arsenal have been heavily linked.
Brambati says Paulo Dybala had an agreement with Arsenal
Speaking on TMW Radio, Brambati, who played for Torino, Empoli and Dybala’s old club Palermo in the past, said, as per TuttoJuve: “I knew that Dybala had an agreement with Arsenal.
“If they had gone to the Champions League, he would have sat at a table talking about it.”
Speaking about Dybala’s tearful goodbye to Juventus, Brambati said: “I do not understand the tears of a player who in November refused a contract from Juve of €7.5 million plus bonuses.
“If you really wanted to stay, you didn’t do that and you accepted, and above all, you didn’t ask for €10 million.”
No Champions League could cause deal to collapse
Dybala truly is a fantastic player. The Argentine has been one of the best in the Italian top-flight over the last eight years, and he will not be short of offers now that he’s a free agent.
However, it’s unlikely that he’ll join Arsenal.
As Brambati suggested, Dybala would’ve joined the Gunners if they were in the Champions League. Sadly, their chances of making it into the competition are as close to zero as they can be at the moment.
The only way Arsenal would finish fourth is if they beat Everton on the final day of the season and Tottenham lose to already-relegated Norwich City. That’s unlikely to happen, which means Dybala may have no interest in joining the Gunners this summer.