Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Arsene Wenger denies bid for Palermo's Paulo Dybala

'We are not at all interested,' Gunners manager said

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Arsenal Wenger has denied reports that Arsenal have made an offer for £29m-rated Palermo striker Paulo Dybala.

The Italian club's president Maurizio Zamparini claimed this week that both the Gunners and Juventus had made bids for the 21-year-old.

"Ask him [Zamparini] to show you the offer," Wenger told reporters today ahead of Arsenal's Premier League match against Liverpool on Saturday. "[We are] not at all [interested]."

Zamparini said this week: "Juventus and Arsenal have made offers for Dybala. His agent will be in Italy on Friday. I want more than €40 million for him. "Dybala would rather stay in Italy but, from the English sides, Arsenal are his first choice because of how Wenger's team plays."

Wenger also admitted that he is a fan of "top player" Raheem Sterling after the Reds' winger said yesterday he was "flattered" to be linked with Arsenal.

The Gunners are monitoring Sterling's contract situation as the 20-year-old stalls over a new deal with talks over his future to the set to resume this summer.

Wenger, however, said he did not want to interfere with Sterling's current contract stand-off with Liverpool at this stage in the season before the transfer period starts again in the summer.

“Look, I do not want to speak about any move,” he said. “We are not in a transfer period, we are in front of a big game. I respect Liverpool and I do not want to go into any supposed move for any of their players.

“Raheem Sterling is a top player, everybody in the country knows that now. He is a very important player for Liverpool of course.”

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