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Arsenal 'reject' £8m Van Persie bid

ESPN staff
July 2, 2012
Robin van Persie had a tough time at Euro 2012 © Getty Images

Juventus have had an £8 million offer for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie rejected by the North London club, according to an Italian report.

Gazzetta dello Sport said Juve had tabled an unsuccessful bid for Van Persie, who scored 27 goals for the Gunners last season and has been the subject of speculation linking him with Juventus, Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain.

The Gazzetta report said Juve would have to increase their offer to stand any chance of landing the Netherlands international.

On Sunday, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini suggested that he was unlikely to sign Van Persie for the Premier League champions.

City have been strongly linked with a swoop for 28-year-old Van Persie, whose future, having entered the final 12 months of his contract at the Emirates, is uncertain.

But Mancini told Sky Sport Italia: "Van Persie? He is an Arsenal player and I don't want to disrespect Wenger.

"We have four strikers and we will start the pre-season in five days. It's unlikely there will be major changes in such a short time."

Van Persie will head into the new season on the back of Netherlands' poor showing at Euro 2012, where they crashed out at the group stage following three defeats.

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