Van Persie Favours United Over City, But It’s Italy He Really Wants
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has told the club he would prefer a move to Juventus rather than Premier League rivals Manchester United or Manchester City.
With the summer transfer window in full swing, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Robin van Persie has told Arsenal he wants to move to Juventus.
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has told the club he would prefer to join Man Utd over rivals City but his first choice is a move to Juventus, according to the Independent.
The report claims that while the Dutchman hasn’t entirely ruled out the possibility of going to either Manchester City or Manchester United, he has informed the club his preferred move would be to leave the Premier League and join the Serie A champions.
Negotiations are due to take place this week as RVP’s agent Kees Vos looks to seek a quick resolution. Manager Arsene Wenger is understood to be reluctant to sell to Man City, while the Independent claim the 28-year-old would also choose United over a move to the Etihad, but it’s Juventus that the Dutchman really wants.
This leaves the Gunners in a difficult situation, as Juve are considered as the least financially powerful of the three and may struggle to come up with the sort of money the club would demand for their captain.
The Gunners are believed to be looking for between £20n and £25m, while the player wants a five-year contract worth over £120,000-a-week. The Turin based club posted loses of £75m for the 2010/11 season and they also have one eye on the Financial Fair Play regulations, so signing RVP could pose to be an expensive move for a club still recovering financially from their demotion to Serie B in 2006.
Arsenal are keen for Juventus to make their position clear and would ideally like the situation resolved one way or another before the squad leaves for their pre-season tour of Malaysia on Saturday.
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