Arsenal have rejected Juventus’ blasphemous £8 million bid for Robin van Persie, Gazzetta dello Sport reports via Metro.
The Serie A giants are reportedly set to up their bid for the Dutchman after having their initial bid rejected by the Gunners.
Juve have agreed to sign three notable players this summer, including Kwadwo Asamoah, Mauricio Isla and Sebastian Giovinco.
Giovinco, a former Bianconeri youth starlet, has spent the last two seasons with Parma, but will rejoin the Turin giants for a fee of about £9 million, according to Sky Sports.
“Juventus announce that they have terminated in their favour the current player-sharing agreement with Parma concerning Sebastian Giovinco,” Juve revealed in an official statement.
“The sum for the termination has been set at €11million which will be paid by Juventus in the next three seasons. The contract signed by the player will last until June 30, 2015.”
Giovinco had a fantastic 2011-12 campaign for I Gialloblù, tallying 15 goals and 11 assists in 36 league appearances. His scintillating form earned him a place in the Azzurri’s Euro 2012 squad, and rightfully so.
In addition, Juve have agreed to terms with Udinese duo Kwadwo Asamoah and Mauricio Isla. The two are both ball-winning midfielders by definition.
Asamoah, a Ghanaian international, bagged three goals and four assists for Zebrette last season. The 23-year-old is a holding midfielder who packs a formidable long-range shot. In short, he’s absolutely tailor-made for Italian football.
Meanwhile, Chile international Mauricio Isla adds more depth and versatility in the midfield for Juve.
Isla can play in the center of the pitch, and also on the right-hand side of the midfield. He’s by no means a goal-scorer, but that did not stop him from netting three goals in 21 Serie A appearances in 2011-12. Furthermore, the 24-year-old is an adept passer and a decent crosser of the ball.
Now then, back to Robin van Persie.
The 28-year-old skipper is reportedly refusing to sign a new three-year contract worth £130,000 per week with the Gunners.
Juve as well as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with the Dutch talisman.
With that said, City boss Roberto Mancini is distancing himself from the Arsenal striker at the moment.
“Van Persie? He is an Arsenal player and I don’t want to disrespect Arsene Wenger,’ said Mancini.
“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.”
City’s ‘four strikers’ are Mario Balotelli, Sergio ”Kun” Agüero, Edin Džeko and Carlos Tevez.