When you think of the bad transfer business done this summer, Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers are at the forefront of all the talk. However Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has suggested that Robin Van Persie’s £24million transfer to Manchester United was ‘bad business’ (The Mail), raising questions about the price,contract status and age of the current PFA player of the year.
Although this could just be sour grapes from Juventus as they missed out on the Dutch hitman earlier this summer (The Sun) and are just trying to cover up their own failure in bringing Van Persie to Turin. So was the biggest transfer of the summer also the worst? or are these accusations simply the ramblings of an unhappy Italian.
There is surely no question in RVP’s ability, his hatrick last weekend at Southampton was clear proof that he is a world class goalscorer and capable of winning a game on his own. In recent seasons he has emerged from the shadows of players such as Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas to become Arsenal’s leading star and talisman. Scoring 30 league goals last term, he was not only the hottest striker in the Premier League but also one of the best in the world.
So when the season came to a close and Van Persie’s contract negotiations with Arsenal had stalled, surely it was a no-brainer for a host of clubs to try and sign arguably the best player in the Premier League. With only a year left on his contract, it was either now or never if Arsenal were going to make any money out of there prized asset and the floodgates were well and truly opened when RVP announced he wanted to leave.
Soon enough Van Persie was a Manchester United player after the Red Devils blew the interest from Man City and Juventus out of the water with a hefty £24million fee. It’s this large price tag that has led Mr Marotta into believing that this was a bad piece of business. He disagrees with amount of money United payed for a player that only had one year left on his contract, but surely this fee was in effect just a payment to ‘pre-order’ Van Persie before the market was open to everybody next year.
Actually there was very little difference in this transfer to most other high profile transfers, Manchester United just simply outbid all of their rivals to sign a great player. Perhaps the real contentious issue with the Van Persie transfer is the price in relation to his age and whether it is value for money. At the age of 29, RVP is in the form of his life but the transfer could still be seen as a gamble because form can quickly disappear on the other side of 30 and the Dutchman may only be good for a few more years.
However in contrast to some other transfers during the summer he is at least a proven performer in the Premier League and he will score you goals. The big money transfers of Lucas Moura and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint Germain look frankly ridiculous in comparison to Van Persie’s move. PSG have spent big bucks on a young Brazilian with no real pedigree or experience of European Football and a marmite striker who is actually older than Van Persie.
I think Marotta needs to look at his own transfer policy and other teams around Europe before he starts questioning the ‘bad business’ involving the Van Persie signing. Juventus haven’t exactly had a great summer with only the Nicklas Bendtner signing grabbing the headlines for perhaps more of the wrong reasons than the right.
Until Van Persie wins United the Champions League and Premier League, Marotta will always think he was right but for what it is worth RVP is probably United’s best signing in the last 3/4 years and definitely the best bit of business done this summer.