Arsenal Transfers: Italian Agent Claims Robin Van Persie to Juventus Move "Done"

Max TowleAnalyst IAugust 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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In a rather surprising claim, a licensed Italian agent has today claimed that Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is set to complete a proposed move to Italian giant Juventus (via Daily Mail).

The FIFA agent claims to have inside knowledge on the transaction, believing that a deal has already been struck.

"I think Juventus have had a signed contract with Van Persie for some time locked away in a notary’s desk," he told Italian TV.

"It is just my opinion, but I think there's an eight out of ten chance the Dutchman will join the Bianconeri."

While it is speculated that Juventus are van Persie's ideal team of choice, there have been conflicting reports regarding their viability in the transfer race.

Arsenal are believed to have slapped a price tag of between £20-£25 million on the want-away striker, and look unwilling to budge from that estimate.

Van Persie's wage demands in excess of £180,000 per week would cost any club dearly.

Filling the departing Dutchman's shoes will likely prove a difficult task for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, but in good news for Arsenal fans, it was today reported that the club are inching closer to completing a deal for Malaga's flying winger, Santi Cazorla (via Sky Sports).

The transfer looks set to cost the Gunners £17.3 million, but is a move that re-establishes their relevance in the transfer market.

With the Premier League season less than a month away, the additions of forwards Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and now Spaniard Santi Cazorla should stand the club in good stead.

However, Wenger will still need to work his customary magic to make sure his team is ready for action come August 18.