Some interesting reports have surfaced about Robin van Persie's future. The Gazzetta dello Sport said Juventus put together an unsuccessful bid for van Persie. The Gazzetta report said Juventus will have to boost their offer if they have any chance of obtaining the talents of the Arsenal striker.
On Sunday, Roberto Mancini suggested that he was unlikely to sign van Persie for Manchester City. City has been one of the key teams in the rumor mill linked to wanting van Persie's services.
Mancini told Sky Sport Italia: "Van Persie? He is an Arsenal player and I don't want to disrespect Wenger."
How nice of him not to want to disrespect Arsene Wenger… that's seems a bit green. I find it funny that Mancini acted totally oblivious when asked about van Persie. He knows the reports and the speculation that's been out there in the media that City was possibly interested in van Persie. "Van Persie?" It's like he was completely unaware of all the whispering. It makes me wonder if a deal was purposed and it was rejected or fell through, so now Mancini acts like he never had any interest in the Dutchman.
Mancini also told Sky Sport Italia: "We have four strikers and we will start the pre-season in five days. It's unlikely there will be major changes in such a short time."
That tells me that he now has no interest in van Persie. He's making it clear that his team is set. I've been wrong before when I've made predictions, but I can't see van Persie going to City. With the talent Arsenal has coming in, the Gunners have kept their word when they said they would bring talent into Emirates Stadium for the Dutchman to stay, going to City would be discourteous to Wenger and the whole club.
As for the Juventus €10 million offer being rejected by the North London club, I'm not surprised. That's a pretty good sum of money for van Persie's talents, but I don't see him playing for Juventus either. It seems like a step down for him. He wants to show what he can do in the Premier League-it's also where he's most comfortable. He knows the league and knows he can win a championship there if he has the right players around him. With the recent additions of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, the Gunners are getting them.
Playing for Juventus would be unknown territory for van Persie, and I'm pretty sure Arsenal can come up with more than €10 million. Juventus could always up their bid though. €10 million could've just been their starting number.
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has denied reports of the failed bid from Juventus. Hill-Wood told the Mirror, "We are not in the remotest bit interested in selling him."
Note: I've been an Arsenal fan for nearly a decade. My cousin got me interested in the club at a young age.
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