Juventus out of race to sign Arsenal captain van Persie

The future of Robin van Persie may still be unclear but the Daily Mirror has reported that the Gunners captain will not be joining Juventus, as the Serie A champions have turned their attentions elsewhere.

The Mirror adds that Juve are keen to sign a big-name forward this summer and had identified van Persie as that player, but have been put off by the 28-year-old’s hesitation and will instead focus on the signature of one of Luis Suarez, the Liverpool striker, Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko or Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid.

Van Persie has been offered new and improved terms to stay at Arsenal but Manchester City are said to be interested in swooping for the striker if a contract is not agreed – despite Arsene Wenger’s insistence that van Persie would remain at the Emirates Stadium regardless of whether or not a new deal is signed. Manchester United have also been linked to the Netherlands international, as have Real Madrid.

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