Juventus Distance Themselves From Move For Arsenal Striker Robin Van Persie

Hope for Man City and Man United as Juve play down interest.

Juventus have played down their interest in Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, claiming speculation linking him with a move to Turin is ‘excessive’.

Van Persie is set to leave the Emirates this summer, after publicly refusing to sign a new contract, and the Serie A Champions were thought to be leading the race for the Dutchman.

Manchester City and Man United are also said to be interested in landing van Persie, who was named PFA Player of the Year last season after smashing home a stunning 30 league goals for the Gunners.

But Juventus director Guiseppe Marotta has moved to distance the Old Lady from rumours linking the club with the 28-year-old, hinting that Arsenal’s reluctance to sell could make the deal impossible.

“A top player is not only judged by how much he costs,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

“It can also mean a player who costs less but on the pitch shows an absolute value.

“Van Persie is a great player but Arsenal do not intend to lose him. And you cannot indulge in a player if the owners don’t want [to sell].

“Talk of our real interest in him seems excessive to me.”

Juventus are in the market for a top striker this summer but are thought to be unwilling to meet Arsenal’s £30 million valuation of their captain.

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