Arsenal lined up a deal for Paulo Dybala when he leaves Juventus this summer, but it was dependent on them securing Champions League football.
That’s according to ex-footballer turned analyst Massimo Brambati, who says the Gunners may have missed out on the Argentine.
Dybala is set to leave Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the season, with the Italian giants having given up their efforts to get him signed to a new deal.
He has a long list of clubs chasing his signature, and Arsenal had been pulled into the picture earlier this month when it was made clear a deal was in place if they finished in the top four.
That was followed by a report that stated Arsenal are one of the likelier of his possible destinations this summer as he weighs up his options.
It seems their late slip up in the race for the top four may have cost them, at least according to Brambati.
“I knew that Dybala had lined up a deal with Arsenal,” he told Tuttomercatoweb, relayed by TuttoJuve.
“If they went to the Champions League, we would sit down at a table and talk about it.
“I don’t understand the tears of a player who in November refused a contract from Juve of €7.5m plus bonuses.
“If you really wanted to stay, you wouldn’t do that and you’d accept, and above all you wouldn’t ask for €10m.”