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Van Persie gunning for move to Juventus

Premier League: The negotiations over Robin Van Persie's future have been complicated by the Dutch striker having indicated to Arsenal that his first choice of the three clubs pursuing him is Juventus.

Van Persie has not ruled out the possibility of going to one of the two Manchester clubs, with his first choice of the duo United, but if possible he would prefer to go to the current Italian champions.

Of the three, Juventus are the least financially powerful but in an ideal world the player would rather leave the Premier League rather than play for one of Arsenal's rivals.

Negotiations to sell Van Persie are expected to develop this week with the player's representatives keen to move the situation along.

The club has been told that it is Juventus whom Van Persie would prefer to join and it is Arsene Wenger's preference he would not go to Manchester City, but there are serious doubts over whether the Italians could come up with a deal acceptable to Arsenal.

The asking price is thought to be between £20m and £25m with Van Persie seeking a five-year £120,000-a-week plus contract. Both sides, the player and the club, are agreed that any deal will not hinge on a question of money for Van Persie — if it was he is well aware that his best option would be City — although it does now appear to come down to whether Juventus can formulate a deal.

Juventus had been favourites to sign the Napoli striker Edinson Cavani but have not done so yet. The club are still recovering financially from their demotion to Serie B after the 2006 calciopoli scandal and posted losses of £75m for the 2010-11 season. Like all leading European clubs they are also trying to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations

At 29 years old, with a less than perfect injury record and the prospect that he will be a free agent next summer, Van Persie, for all his qualities is not a simple player to arrive at a price for. There has been significant discrepancy on what he is worth to the clubs interested.

Arsenal's players travel leave for Malaysia on Saturday for a three-match pre-season tour of Asia. It is agreed that it would be best for Van Persie and the club were there to be some resolution on his future by then.

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