Turin supremo shouts mouth off over failed chase for Old Trafford goal machine.
Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has suggested that Robin van Persie is not worth the £24million Manchester United paid for him.
The Italian giants were among the clubs pursuing the Holland striker as he forced his way out of Arsenal but lost out to United in the race for the 29-year-old’s services.
But, despite being disappointed with not securing Van Persie’s signature, Marotta said that the club were unwilling to pay such a large fee due to the striker being in the final year of his contract at Arsenal before his move.
‘I have regrets about Van Persie, but it would have been a bad choice for the club if we had paid €30million for a player who would have seen his contract expire next year,’
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Sour grapes perhaps?
Some may have baulked at the £24m that Man United paid to land Robin Van Persie, citing the fact that the Dutchman would be available on a free a year later, but clearly the 29 year old has already gone about proving just how valuable an asset he could be for the Old Trafford side this season.
Four goals from two starts have shown just what good form the former Arsenal man is in and the fact that Wayne Rooney is out for a month will only serve to show how wise the decision to spend the sum on the striker was.
Juventus missed the boat on Van Persie and then opted to bring in Nicklas Bendtner on a season long loan deal, so perhaps the Serie A side’s chief executive should keep quiet on the issue of striker purchases, not least because the Dane arrived at the club overweight and had become an unwanted man at Arsenal.
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