Serie A champions Juventus look set to break their wage bill to lure Arsenal striker Robin van Persie to Turin this summer claims the Daily Mail. The Italians are competing with the two Manchester clubs for the Dutchman’s signature, after the 28 year-old refused to sign a new deal with the Gunners last week. The club is reportedly willing to offer last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner a whopping £180,000-a-week in wages plus a large signing-on fee, as they aim to land the star striker ahead of financial giants Man City. The Sunday Mirror report that the striker is set for showdown talks with Arsene Wenger and Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis this after returning from holiday, with even suggestions that the player is awaiting a dream offer from Real Madrid.
Wenger has come under increasing pressure following Van Persie’s decision as critics once again surround the manager over his philosophy. But Wenger rightfully defended his ethos to The Sun where he said: “I totally agree with Cruyff — and I won’t change.” The Frenchman added that he wouldn’t splash the cash just to please fickle fans and instead would continue building the club in his vision, stating: “And, in a similar way, people like Cruyff don’t put all their energy in building football teams with young players just for the money. We all do this because we want to give something back to football.”
Arsenal’s struggle to offload Maroaune Chamakh could be a thing of the past according to The Sun who report that Fiorentina have shown interest in the striker. Arsene Wenger might be losing Robin van Persie soon but Chamakh isn’t going to fill those boots and a £4m from the Serie A outfit will put an end to his nightmare spell in England.