Will Arsenal win the race to sign the ‘new Lionel Messi’ this summer?

Alongside the likes of Memphis Depay, Mauro Icardi and Paul Pogba this season, Palermo’s Paulo Dybala has been one of many young stars to make a name for themselves in Serie A in the past twelve months. The quick-footed Argentine attacker has simply been a joy to behold for the Stadio Renzo Barbera faithful so far throughout the 2014/15 campaign.

In light of such a notion, Dybala has subsequently been labelled the ‘new Messi’ for his daring runs and seemingly endless bag of tricks – and as Arsene Wenger has been one of several Premier League managers to reportedly register an interest in signing the rapidly rising star – the striker’s future potentially looks set to test his qualities beyond the realms of Italian football sooner rather than later.

So then, whilst it still remains very early days in the emerging career of Argentina’s latest hot-shot talent, will Arsenal ultimately fight off the fierce competition surrounding Paulo Dybala across the coming summer months, and would the Emirates really be an adequate next step for the striker throughout the course of next season?

Well for one thing, Arsenal fans should certainly be pleased with themselves if this particular transfer saga eventually works out favourably for the Gunners in 2015/16. It even has the potential to become one of the transfers of the decade with the signs of the player’s talent already wowing fans across the world.

Paulo Dybala simply has so much to his game that even the most critical football supporters out there would have to issue him with the full credit he deserves. The no. 9 clearly has a knack for scoring goals, as his 13 league finishes this season certainly eludes to. He can seemingly beat players with an abundance of head turning tricks that often leave the opposition dazzled as he moves past them, and he can also do the business from set-pieces in the final third as well.

Most tricksters in Dybala’s category often have little else to their game than just the worn out showboating freestyle moves that get old all too quickly, yet as the silky Palermo man uses his qualities to effectively beat defenders when necessary, the results really seem to indicate that something truly special is on the table with this guy.

It takes a lot to be considered the new Lionel Messi at the meagre age of 21-years-old after all, but because the player in question is somewhat more explosive and less elegant than the notorious Barcelona no. 10 at this stage in his career, perhaps Paulo Dybala should be labelled the next Alexis Sanchez instead.

Arsenal would therefore be a great place for the Argentinean youngster to ply his trade next season, should the Gunners eventually see fit to cough up the hefty price tag that will inevitably be commanded by his current employers. Wenger may be in more need of a Karim Benzema type striker to lead the line for his side next season – but with the likes of Ozil, Sanchez and potentially Dybala filling the void behind Olivier Giroud in 2015/16 – the signs could certainly look promising for the Emirates faithful next term.

That said however, it still remains questionable as to whether or not the 21-year-old Serie A favourite will consider Arsenal a big enough step in the right direction next season. The likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked to the striker of late, as well as PSG who are reportedly ready to match his sizable €40 million price tag in the run up to the new campaign.

Without the lure of major domestic and European silverware on the table for Arsenal in recent years, landing such a high profile name may prove difficult in what is likely to be a competitive transfer window this coming summer.

Even though the Emirates would seemingly become the perfect environment for the Argentinian star next season – with the club philosophy at Arsenal matching the youngster’s talents down to the ground – it remains yet to be seen where Paulo Dybala will eventually be plying his trade come the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

With Arsene Wenger going down as a long-time admirer of the striker however, Arsenal nevertheless remain firmly placed near the front of the pack at this current stage in the proceedings.