Emirates Stadium side in danger of losing prized asset.
Juventus have had a €10 million offer for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie rejected by the North London club, according to an Italian report.
Gazzetta dello Sport says two rounds of new contract talks with Van Persie’s camp have led to little progress. His current deal now has less than 12 months to run.
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The longer this situation rumbles on the more worried everyone connected to the North London club, from the board to the supporters, about the future of Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie. Clearly Juventus’s bid was never going to be taken seriously and may just have been an exploratory move to make it clear to the Dutch international, who will clearly have a number of suitors, that the Turin side is interested.
Arsene Wenger has spoken before about being prepared to keep the 28 year old goal machine even if he doesn’t put pen to paper on a new deal but that seems hugely unlikely. The Gunners are a very financially savvy club, one of the best run in the world, and they will not be looking to lose a player of Van Persie’s calibre for nothing, which is what would happen if no deal is signed during the current transfer window.
Arsenal have of course been in this situation before and just a year ago Wenger accepted Man City’s offer for Samir Nasri with the Frenchman having just a year to run on his deal the North London side took the Etihad Stadium side’s money.
The fact that Arsene Wenger has shelled out £23m on new attackers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will also have many believing that the Arsenal boss is preparing for the worst whilst some are hopeful that such captures are designed to prove to the goal machine that the Emirates Stadium side have the ambition to end a seven year silverware drought.