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In 1999, Nicolas Anelka had forced Arsène Wenger's hand, and Arsenal were open to the idea of selling one of the most promising young players in world football.
Juventus asked Nicolas if he wanted to join them, to which the Frenchman's management sent the club a fax with four succinct points why he wouldn't be donning the black and white shirt (via Football Italia's Antonio Labbate):
1. Juventus are not participating in the Champions League.
2. Lazio, potentially, are technically superior to Juventus.
3. Rome is a better place than Turin.
4. Turin, as advised by his French international colleagues, is a difficult city to settle into .
Fourteen years later, Bianconeri have taken in a forward who scored three goals in 22 Chinese Super League games, and is basically using the club to audition for his next payday.
Here are the four points Juve should issue to Nicolas:
1. When you do get a chance, do your job i.e. score.
2. Take your €600,000 and don't sulk about.
3. If Antonio Conte yells at you, you probably deserve it.
4. This isn't Shanghai Shenhua, this is Juventus—respect the club.
 (Per UEFA.com): "I've talked with some French players who played for Juve in the past and they all told me that this is a great club," I believe the word I'm searching for is hypocrite.
So, is this an example of Nicolas being disingenuous? Of course.
At the time, why didn't he consult Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini, or Didier Deschamps?
To verify what Labbate said, here's an article in 1999 by Gabriele Marcotti (via Sports Illustrated):
That leaves Juventus as the sole bidder for Anelka's services.
Officially they continue to deny their interest. But, according to the press, they are very much in the running and have made an offer which blows away not just Lazio's bid, but the fee Inter paid for Vieri as well.
The reported value of the total package is in the region of $55 million. Juventus are said to have bid $35 million in cash, plus French winger Thierry Henry, plus the loan of Italian forward Nicola Amoruso.
The 22-year-old French international [Henry] cost Juventus $17 million last January. Given the spiraling inflation that has hit player valuations in the past few months, his worth on the open market is at least $20 million.
So there you have it: $55 million [for Anelka].
The only thing standing in the way of the deal, indeed the only reason Arsenal did not sell him to Juventus weeks ago, is Anelka himself.
The young forward has repeatedly indicated that he wants to play for Lazio and will turn down any move to Turin.
Anelka was the king (albeit, for a very short time) and he had leverage over Juve to the extent that they bent over backwards for him.
Now, he's coming to the club as an expendable bit-part player.