Juventus to meet Arsenal's 20m valuation for Van Persie.. and chuck in 190k a week too
05:53 GMT, 31 July 2012
Juventus will be the first team to meet Arsenal's asking price for Robin van Persie when they bid 20million for the striker in the coming weeks.
The Italians are locked in a battle with Manchester duo City and United for the wantaway Gunners captain, but believe they hold the advantage due to the player's desire not to play for another club in England.
Van Persie released a statement earlier this month in which he questioned the ambition of his current club, a move which effectively brought an end to seven years in north London, during which time he has won just a solitary FA Cup.
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As part of the whopping 20m deal, Juventus, who won the Italian title last season, has told the Premier League top scorer's representatives that they will pay him a staggering 190,000 a week, after tax, according to the Mirror newspaper.
The story comes just days after director Giuseppe Marotta appeared to rule the Italians out of the running.
Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, he said: 'Talk of our real interest in him seems excessive to me.
'Van Persie is a great player but Arsenal do not intend to lose him. And you cannot indulge in a player if the owners don't want (to sell).
'A top player is not only judged by how much he costs. It can also mean a player who costs less but on the pitch shows an absolute value.'
However after growing frustrated in their pursuit of other targets, namely Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, Juve have reconsidered their stance.
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Arsenal remain adamant they will not sell their captain – a year after they did just that when Cesc Fabregas returned to Barcelona for 35m – but know the controversial statement did irreparable damage to the player's reputation among fans.
Van Persie is 29 in August and has just one year left on his contract, meaning those chasing him are yet to make an offer above 15m. All three clubs have had bids rejected.
The Dutch international's questionable fitness record has also been taken into account, with the last 18months the first injury-free period he has enjoyed since moving to Emirates Stadium from Feyenoord in 2004.
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City boss Roberto Mancini has grown frustrated by the saga, and spoke out last week against the lack of urgency to get the deal done from within his own club.
And earlier this wee, he said: 'I don't know what will happen with Van Persie because now he is an Arsenal player and I think Arsenal is a top team.
'When you talk about Manchester City, Manchester united and Juventus, it is difficult for a player to choose between these three clubs. If we have a chance to take him, we will try.'