Paulo Dybala
Dybala moves to Juventus in a move he has described as a "dream".Getty Images

Juventus new boy Paulo Dybala says he followed his "dream" in moving to the Serie A champions, despite being heavily linked with a move to Arsenal or Manchester United.

The 21 year old scored 13 league goals last season for Palermo, form that saw the club resigned to the forward leaving the club this summer.

Palermo's firebrand president Maurizio Zamparini claimed that both Arsenal and Manchester United were interested in signing Dybala, while the player's agent confirmed that Chelsea had submitted a bid of £28.8m ($44.9m) for the striker.

Whether those claims were true or made public in order to drive up the reputation of Dybala, who has never represented Argentina at international level, is unknown. However his move to Juventus has seen him turn down opportunities to some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Arsenal and United are both short of attacking options heading into the new season and it comes as a surprise that neither club firmed up their pursuit in Dybala; if indeed they were actually interested to begin with.

Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck will lead the Arsenal attack this year, while the sale of Robin van Persie sees United with Wayne Rooney as their only senior attacking option at the start of their pre-season campaign.

However even if the Premier League trio were interested in Dybala, the player would have been oblivious to their overtures, after claiming that a move to Juventus represented his ideal destination.

"The day I heard Juventus were interested in me my mind was made up," Dybala said.

"I said straight away that I wanted to join this club for lots of reasons. One is that I like to win in everything that I do. And I think Juventus are the perfect team to be at if you want to win things.

"It's an amazing thing being here with the shirt [the number 21 which he will wear from next season] I dreamed of wearing for so long. The shirt number is my age and it's also a shirt that has been worn by great players such as Zidane and Andrea Pirlo.

"They're players who have made history and I'd like to follow in their footsteps.

"Playing for a great club like Juventus represents an important step for me," he told reporters. "The first team competition here means you can never ease off, which is a motivation and keeps you on your toes.

"It's the perfect club to start winning things in my career. I've been here a couple of days and it's a big change for me. I hope I'm able to develop into a top player here."