The race for Arsenal’s Dutch striker Robin van Persie is hotting up with Serie A giants Juventus pulling out all the stops to snatch him from under the noses of Manchester City.
Van Persie is currently with the Dutch national team at Euro 2012 where his team are looking to overturn their shock defeat to Denmark in the opening game of the Group and keep their hopes of glory alive.
But when he returns, whenever that may be, van Persie is going to be the subject of a fierce battle for his signature involving Manchester City, Real Madrid and now Juventus, according to reports.
Having sent club legend and current director Pavel Nedved to speak with van Persie at Holland’s training camp in Krakow, the Serie A champions are ready to tempt van Persie with a move to Turin by offering him £180,000 a week – can Arsenal really match that sort of money?
Juventus are also ready to pay £25m for van Persie as they seek a proven goalscorer. Despite winning the league without defeat, Juventus’ top scorer was striker Alessandro Matri with just 10 goals – their need for a striker is well publicised in Italy and they have been heavily linked with Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko and Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid.
They have the funds to buy a striker and van Persie could well be top of that list. Having just won the title, van Persie could spearhead Antonio Conte’s side as they look for back to back championships. Because of the lack of competition, van Persie will almost definitely be the starting striker for the Bianconeri for years to come and it gives him the perfect chance to win trophies in the future.
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