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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.

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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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  1. skjerpdeg

    July 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    He wants to go to City. He’s just claiming that he wants to go to the other clubs so he doesn’t come off like a money grabbing tit when his move conveniently “falls through” and he ends up at City.

    The way I see it, only Man Utd. would be a sensible step for him career wise, out of those 3 clubs. And Arsenal will not sell to them.

    • Rich

      July 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Normally would agree that Arsenal would not sell to Utd but Wenger is fed up of City taking his players. This time I could see Arsenal selling to Utd…

  2. Blue

    July 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    If he want’s to go to stretford, fair enough, BYE BYE

  3. jama

    July 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    af he wants to leave then let him go becaues we dont need him we have good players is not lake hime so let him go any clup he wants to go city or uinte juv

  4. mystic

    July 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I love all this. Baring the £8m Juve bid and MEDIA rumours, wh else has actually mad a move for RvP.

    As I understand it Goal.Com have an ‘exclusive’ (so probably a load of crap) that Arsenal are telling RvP he must see out his contract.

  5. sellarshavin

    July 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    This is the exact corect approach, Van Persies desire to go somewhere else or even just get more money from the club is irrelivant. He is 28, in a years time, even if he is considered to be the same quality as he is now he will never get a 4 year contract paying the money he could get now, even from Arsenal, especially considering Man Citys financial fair play challenges which they should really be addressing this summer. Even if he does leave, there is no guarentee that he will fit in with the squad and have the same status and goal scoring record he does at Arsenal.
    Furthermore, if Arsenal sell him this summer or loose him on a free next summer they are going to get well bellow his market value for him. In my opinion it is worth while risking loosing the extra bit inorder to increase the pride in the club and keep a world class player out of our rivals squads. And if he decides to protest and not play, (which he wont because he will miss out on 1 of the likely the 2 or 3 good years left in him) then it is well worth the loss for the message it will send to all Arsenals other players and young players if they ever come to the same situation and have to factor in potentially spending a year on the bench. The Arsenal board will never get the fans support aslong as this continues and this may even show that they are prepared to put ambition above financial benifit. Arsenal hold all the cards, except the direction of the club one Van Persie has already played.

  6. Jules

    July 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    You guys must either be children or very ignorant to believe these stories

  7. nicky

    July 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Couldn’t care less where he goes but it must be soon. I get the feeling he would be prepared to move to any of the three clubs mentioned.
    We want a fair price asap so that a replacement or two can be signed before the Window closes.(this is when David Dein would be useful).

  8. Prince Evans

    July 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Ferguson & United owners should endeavour to bring us Van Persie @ all cost!

  9. Ian

    July 17, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    According to sources last season, Nasri wanted to sign for United. Where did he end up? He also ended up with a Premier League medal! Enough said!!!!

    • dessie

      July 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      nasri followed the cash

      he also ended up with splinters in his arse and as many pl titles as bebe.

  10. Joshua

    July 17, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Yes let others share your injury woes. Others left you were enthroned, may you leave so that another person may be enthroned. May your new coach share your injuries with you like ARSENE patiently did for those years.

  11. Stan

    July 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Wherever Vp goes, I wish him well for all his hard works in arsenal most especially for carrying us throughout last season. RVP is a winner and I’m sure if he joins Juventus, he will also win there.

  12. adrian

    July 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    It is funny that Juve are the apparently the club he wants to join. They probably have the least financial clout of the clubs seeking to buy him. Why should arsenal sell RVP to rival clubs in the prem? If they don’t need the money, don’t sell him this summer. He needs to show his worth to other clubs over the coming season so he can get a new club at the end of this season.

  13. John Tring

    July 18, 2012 at 7:01 am

    RVP is not going to Utd. City? When you have an endless source of ( other peoples’) money, why not? Man Utd need defenders, Evans, Evra, Rafael, Ferdinand et el are pure bad players and last season every other Club in England showed that ruthlessly. So, assuming Utd have some money which is very doubtful, they should buy a few decent defenders here and now. SAF’s usual rhetoric won’t win anything.

    • JPF

      July 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Are you high? “every other Club in England showed that ruthlessly”, we conceded 33 goals in the league, 4 more than City who conceded the least in the league. In 38 games I may add, taking away the 7 City scored against us, that brings it down to 26 conceded, in 36 games, against ‘non City’ teams, so at least ten clean sheets, with a brand new, young, foreign keeper, and out Captain out for most of season, hardly “every other Club in England showed that ruthlessly”…..

      • JPF

        July 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

        * Without our Captain….

  14. Red

    July 18, 2012 at 7:14 am

    IMO he has peaked. Not worth even 20m, UTD should forget him and concentrate on the midfield

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