Monday September 3 2012
Van Persie ‘impossible’ for Juventus

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has insisted that it was “impossible” to sign Robin Van Persie from Arsenal this summer.

The Italian giants had tracked the Dutchman, but he eventually decided to join Manchester United instead – the club he scored a hat-trick for on Sunday.

“We had a few objectives on the market and we couldn’t get all of them,” the Turin official stated when asked about his club’s moves.

“Take Van Persie for example, at this moment in time it was impossible for any Italian club to sign him.

“To pay €30m for a player coming towards the end of his contract, without taking into account his wages, was not possible for Juventus or any other Serie A side.”

The Italian champions were looking for a new forward and eventually landed Niklas Bendtner, but only after failing to sign Dimitar Berbatov from United.

Juve’s bid to net the Bulgarian has been heavily criticised by Fiorentina who have blamed Juve for interfering with their proposed swoop for the forward.

“I hope to come across President Andrea Della Valle soon so that we can clear up this Berbatov situation, but I want to underline that we didn’t do anything wrong towards Fiorentina.

“We made an enquiry after the player had already turned down the Viola, but it all ended quickly because he told us that he preferred Fulham.”

Juve have started the season as favourites for the Scudetto, but they are also keen to challenge in the Champions League.

“We have reinforced a lot for Europe even if we can’t say that we are at the same level as the four or five top teams on the continent,” Marotta added.

“But we will be hoping to make a difference with our style of play. We’ll need a lot of intensity which was our winning characteristic from last season.”

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