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Robin van Persie is all but certain to leave Arsenal this summer, but Italian champions Juventus have cooled their interest in the striker according to Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta. The Bianconeri were previously front-runners to land the Dutchman, but now it appears that Juve are unwilling to meet Arsenal's hefty demands for the transfer.
Former Feyenoord man Van Persie has seen seven trophy-less years at the Emirates and has decided to move on this summer. Juventus and Manchester clubs - United and City - were said to be chasing the player after Van Persie turned down a new contract from the Gunners.
Marotta told Sky Sports Italia, "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."
Van Persie has just one year on his current deal and the Gunners could risk losing him for nothing next summer if a transfer fails to materialise. Meanwhile, Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood as well as manager Arsene Wenger still speak highly of the player hoping that the Dutch international reconsiders his decision. While it is becoming increasingly unlikely that RVP will ink a new contract at present, the Arsenal hierarchy is hopeful that their stronger squad will enable them to challenge for honours this season, and Van Persie might reconsider his decision before the winter transfer window opens in January.
With Juve's interest cooling off, Manchester City and Manchester United could well step up their efforts to complete the transfer. Although there is a Â£30 million demand forthcoming from Arsenal, it is believed that an offer in excess of Â£20 million could force the Gunners to do business.
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