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Juventus play down interest in Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie

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Juventus have reportedly withdrawn from the race to sign Robin Van Persie as they are reluctant to lower their asking price.

The Old Lady were widely considered favourites to capture the Holland international’s signature this summer but could pull out as the Gunners refuse to lower their valuation.

Arsene Wenger will only part with the striker to the tune of £20 million despite the fact clubs can pick him up on a free next summer after he decided not to renew his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City are said to have already submitted formal bids for the 28-year-old who bagged the golden boot last season and was voted FWA and PFA Footballer of the Year.

However that still isn’t enough to convince Juve director Giuseppe Marotta to splash out on Van Persie telling Sky Italia that he doesn’t believe the Italian champions will get value for their money.

“A top player is not only judged by how much he costs,” said Marotta.

“It can also mean a player who costs less but on the pitch shows an absolute value.

“Van Persie is a great player but Arsenal do not intend to lose him. And you cannot indulge in a player if the owners don’t want (to sell).

“Talk of our real interest in him seems excessive to me.”

Wenger is desperate to avoid a repeat of last season’s saga with both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas and wants Van Persie to be sold before the new season kicks off next month.

It’s understood the Frenchman has informed chief executive Ivan Gazidis that he wants his captains future resolved by the time Arsenal face Sunderland on August 18.

The Dutchman was left out of the three-game tour of Malaysia and is keen to leave for a club seriously challenging for trophies.

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