Juventus Eyeing Van Persie, Clichy, or Sagna in Exchange for Melo

Robin SAnalyst IMarch 5, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29:  Robin van Persie (R) of Arsenal shows his dejection with team mate Eduardo after having a goal disallowed during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on August 29, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The Italian giants, Juventus, have stated that they're very much willing to let their out-of-form midfielder Felipe Melo go, but...I'll state later. Recently, Arsene Wenger reiterated that he's still keen on signing the Brazilian footballer (something which he's been doing since the summer of 2009).

Wenger was very much keen on securing the deal for Melo in the summer of 2009, and he did his very best to iron out a deal involving Emmanuel Eboue as a part of the £18m package to Fiorentina. However, the Old Lady "defeated" Wenger in the transfer market (though on the field, Juventus will struggle to beat Arsenal on current form).

The Turin giants did some serious business and captured the headlines with some big name signings like Diego and Melo (something that Wenger fails to do). Apart from these signings, Juventus did nothing right, they were crushed out in the Champions League group stages and have been struggling in the Serie A since the start of the campaign, with wins coming as rare as Wenger's signings.

Once again Juventus will be looking forward to storm into the transfer market this summer, but before that, they need to pile up huge chunks of money and in the process they'll be looking forward to offloading a few under-performing players. The first name to come forth from a bunch of under-performing players (actually the entire team is struggling including the goalkeeper, manager, and the stewards) will be Melo.

Just days after Wenger's revelation, the Old Lady has gladly welcomed Arsenal to show continued interest in its out-of form midfielder. But this time around, a package involving Eboue may not work. Firstly, Eboue is out of contract in the summer. Secondly, the Old Lady want at least one of Robin Van Persie, Gael Clichy, and Bacary Sagna as part of any transfer.

Van Persie is the big fish and obviously he's on the top most spot of their wishlist. Van Persie is the most loyal Arsenal player, and he has rebuffed offers from the likes of Inter Milan, Manchester City, and Barcelona in the past. Losing him would be a disaster, and Wenger is not so foolish as to cash in on his most true-hearted player.

On the other hand, Sagna has been a warrior at the right back and one of the most consistent players for Arsenal. The one and only hope for Juventus is Clichy, he has been below par this season, and Wenger has revealed that he's open to any substantial offer for the young left back.

Having said that, he's a world class wing back, and it's difficult to replace him. Form is temporary but class is permanent. It's easier to find a midfielder than a wing back.

It's a no-brainer that Wenger is on a constant look out for a hard-tackling defensive midfielder, but Melo is not the last name you could get. He's a tough, strong, hard-tackling player with decent pace. However, it's not advisable to exchange any of the three players for Melo.

Melo has been absolutely poor for Juventus, but his performance for Brazil has been praise worthy. Nonetheless, Juventus would be open to a deal, and they're keen to cash in on the Brazilian midfielder as soon as possible.

Is there anyone who wants Melo in exchange for Van Perise? At least one....