Juventus’ hopes of signing Robin Van Persie may be rejuvenated by Sir Alex Ferguson’s declaration that Manchester United ‘aren’t reaching a breakthrough’.
The weekend saw Manchester City effectively pull out of the race to sign the Arsenal forward, who looks certain to leave the London team after rejecting a contract renewal.
Yesterday then saw reports break that the Dutchman was close to finalising a deal to join City’s rivals United in a £20m move, suggesting that Juve’s hopes of catching the player had ended.
However, United manager Ferguson’s admittance today that the Red Devils are struggling with Arsenal to agree a deal comes with the information that the Gunners are still negotiating with other clubs.
“We have made a bid and they [Arsenal] have been trying to negotiate with other clubs,” the Scot told the Guardian today.
“I don't have a gut feeling on it at the moment, I must admit. We're not getting any breakthrough with Arsenal.
“It's difficult to say why they're operating this way. I don't know what their thoughts are because they're not giving anything away.
“I can't give you any more information. We are trying our best and hopefully it will come our way but there's no progress at this moment in time. We just have to persevere.”