Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United's hopes of signing coveted Serie A sensation Paulo Dybala look to have all but ended after reports in Italy claimed Juventus are set to complete his signing after agreeing terms with Palermo to secure his services.
The 21-year-old Argentine has been linked with the Premier League giants in recent months since club president Maurizio Zamparini confirmed Palermo were ready to sell him this summer should any suitor meet his €40m (£29.5m, $45m) demands.
Having scored 13 goals and provided 10 assists in 33 Serie A appearances this season, Zamparini claimed the player had attracted the attention of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, while Dybala's intermediary, Gustavo Mascardi, revealed Chelsea had also made an offer to secure the Argentine as "Jose Mourinho likes him a lot".
Earlier in May, the outspoken Palermo president confirmed an agreement to sign Aleksandar Trajkovski to replace Dybala while revealing that, with three teams wanting to secure the starlet, he was expected to agree his departure in a maximum of 15 days.
"At least three teams are really interested in him. The apple is ripe and we're ready to pick it. I think in 10, or a maximum of 15, days we'll know his future. We'll meet the lad and his agent to complete the deal; those who understand football realise his potential," Zamparini said at the time.
And, according to TuttoSport, Juventus are about to win the race to sign Dybala after agreeing terms with Palermo to secure his services ahead of next season.
The Italian newspaper claims the Serie A giants will pay €28m plus €4m in add-ons to secure the services of the Argentine star, even though Zamparini previously claimed his club will not negotiate Dybala's departure for less than €40m.
The reports add the forward has also agreed a €2.5m-a-year deal with Juventus, with the final details of the agreement to be ironed out in the coming days before the deal is made official.