Palermo striker Paulo Dybala has brought his long-running transfer saga to a close after finally announcing that he will join Juventus next season, despite appearing to attract significant attention from the Premier League.
The Argentine has impressed hugely during his third Serie A campaign at the Stadio Renzo Barbera, with club chairman Maurizio Zamparini having long since accepted the likelihood of Dybala's exit with his contract set to expire in June 2016.
Although Manchester United and Arsenal have both been extensively linked with the player, a transfer to reigning champions Juventus was anticipated after Palermo boss Giuseppe Iachini recently revealed details of the deal before leaving him out of the starting line-up for the visit to Cagliari.
"Juventus are the team that wanted me most," Dybala, who returned to the side for the recent defeat to Fiorentina, explained the motives behind his choice to Sky Sport Italia as reported by Goal.
"They made a great effort to sign me and I have chosen them for this reason. I've grown a lot in these last few years at Palermo and I think that I can grow even more at Juventus. I can still improve so much.
"I will give my all to show that Juve have done right spending all of this money on me. When I arrived at Palermo, they said that they spent too much on me. However, with time I replicated what I had done in Argentine. Now, it will be same."
With the departure of Dybala having looked inevitable for some time now, Zamparini confirmed earlier in May that Palermo had already moved to secure a replacement in the shape of Zulte Waregem's Aleksandar Trajkovski.
"We already have an agreement with the agent of Trajkovski but obviously we can make everything [the deal] official only after the end of the season," he said.
Manchester United have already made their first signing of the summer in Netherlands international Memphis Depay and are expected to chase further high-profile additions to their squad over the coming months after revealing that they will not be renewing Radamel Falcao's loan deal.
Arsenal, meanwhile, continue to be mentioned in connection with a number of forwards ahead of the latest transfer window including Porto's consistently prolific Jackson Martinez.