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Beating Manchester United To Robin Van Persie Deal Was ‘Impossible’, Say Juventus

Van Persie deal too expensive, say Italian giants.

Juventus general director Beppe Marotta says it would have been impossible for any Serie A club to sign Robin van Persie this summer, reports ESPN.

Dutchman superstar van Persie was wanted by Juventus and Manchester City but eventually joined Manchester United from Arsenal for £24m, despite looking destined for the Old Lady at one point.

Intsead another, far less glamorous Arsenal striker, Nicklas Bendtner, ended up in Turin but Marotta has staunchly defended the club’s transfer policy.

“We had a few objectives on the market and we couldn’t get all of them,” he said. “For example, take Van Persie – at that moment in time it was impossible for any Italian club to sign him.

“To pay €30 million for a player coming towards the end of his contract, without taking into account his wages, was not possible for Juventus or any other Serie A club.”

In a frustrating window, Juventus also failed in bids for Fernando Llorente, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, and were rejected by Dimitar Berbatov on deadline day before Bendtner arrived.

Juve earlier looked to have gazumped Fiorentina for the Bulgarian, and the Viola were incensed by the Italian champions’ actions. Marotta, though, insists his club did nothing wrong.

“I hope to come across president Andrea Della Valle soon so that we can clear up this Berbatov situation, but I want to underline that we didn’t do anything wrong towards Fiorentina,” he said.

“We made an enquiry after the player had already turned down the Viola, but it all ended quickly because he told us that he preferred Fulham.”


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