Arsenal reject offers for the Dutch striker from Utd, City, and Juventus as per reports.  The figures are unknown but they are nowhere near Arsenal’s demand of £25m.  In another sign his departure is almost inevitable, RVP has been left out of the squad for the Malaysia and China tour.  He will train at the London Colney grounds working on his fitness.

A few things.  Both City and United are keen on a quality goal scorer, but both are rumoured to be interested in a number of other younger players in their quest to find the next generation of goal providers – Arsenal can’t push them too high.  Juve would like to sign someone to fill Alessandro Del Piero’s shoes and at times really struggled with goalscoring last season.  But the club and the Serie A in general are really going through serious economic downsizing and one can’t see them matching City or even United if they decide to up the ante.

At Arsenal’s end, things are a bit tighter around the margins. It’s RVP’s last year and he could see out his contract but then be available on a free transfer.  In effect, they have a striker who could go through the motions while Arsenal lose a huge sum of money.  The best they can do is to direct Van Persie to a club where he can do little damage.  So if Juve fall short of the figure by £10m, take it.  They can sweeten if for RVP by offering better personal terms.  He has publicly said Juve would be his preferred choice.

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