Bys 21 May 2012 22:30
Manchester City remain in pole position to sign the Dutchman from Arsenal
Robin van Persie is in danger of pricing himself out of a move this summer.
Italian giants Juventus are ready to switch targets to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko and Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain because they fear they will miss out on van Persie.
But Manchester City, who have made van Persie their top target, are also preparing to play hard ball as they are likely to offer around £15m if a deal can be done.
City remain in pole position but will not get dragged into a bidding war on transfer fee and contract with Manchester United also watching developments.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have yet to come in for him. Jose Mourinho is a fan but may have to sell Higuain first to fund a move.
Juventus have sounded out van Persie’s representatives and see the Dutchman as a stellar signing but are beginning to look elsewhere as they do not want to miss out on a big name altogether.
But Juve are also now widening their net and that could be a worry for Liverpool as Suarez is on their hit list despite his public declarations that he is not looking to leave.Kop off? Could Suarez be tempted to leave for Juventus?Suarez had a controversial season at Anfield but several clubs may test Liverpool’s resistance and Juventus could be the first.
Real Madrid are also keeping tabs even though they will have to sell before they can buy.
But van Persie’s future is unlikely to be resolved quickly and it is clear that Juventus believe they could be fighting a losing battle to tempt the Dutchman.
Even though Italian football has lost some of its appeal and prestige, Juventus hope to tempt a megastar this summer.
Van Persie, 28, was their first choice and they are prepared to pay up to £25m and £180,000-a-week to get Arsenal’s top scorer.
Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has already gone public and declared their interest in van Persie and called him the “complete player.”
But Marotta has also not hidden his interest in Suarez and Higuain and the Italians do not want to be kept waiting on van Persie which can only be good news for Arsenal.
Ironically, Juventus’s other option is Dzeko who finished the season at City a frustrated player and yet if he went to Turin then it could end up paving the way for van Persie to go to the Etihad.Smiling but not happy: Edin Dzeko is agitating for a moveArsenal for a long time feared Real Madrid would be van Persie’s most obvious suitors but they and Barcelona have yet to make a move.
Arsenal remain determined to keep van Persie and have offered him £130,000-a-week plus a £5m signing on fee to stay.
But it promises to be another saga as van Persie wants to win trophies and has made it clear he will not re-sign and intends to keep his options open.
Arsenal are determined not to give up on van Persie and the Dutchman has also kept his future top secret from his team mates.
It could also mean that Arsenal are still determined to make van Persie see out the final year of his contract even if he does not want to sign a new deal and wants to leave.
Arsenal insist they will and cannot ban van Persie from talking to the media about his future at the Euros - it is a merry go round which threatens to last some time yet.
If van Persie moves abroad he’ll still be an Arsenal legend; go to Manchester and he’ll be hated as a traitor.