Juventus disappointed at being unable to afford van Persie

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta admits the price was too high for bringing Robin van Persie to Italy, with the Holland international eventually leaving Arsenal for Premiership rivals Manchester United for £24m.

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta admits the price was too high for bringing Robin van Persie to Italy, with the Holland international eventually leaving Arsenal for Premiership rivals Manchester United for £24m.

"I have regrets about Van Persie, but it would have been a bad choice for the club if we had paid €30million for a player who would have seen his contract expire next year," Marotta told Tuttosport.

"We are happy with the business we were able to carry out.

"We hit our targets with the acquisition of good, young players with reasonable salaries - (Kwadwo) Asamoah, (Mauricio) Isla and (Sebastian) Giovinco.

"There is another fact which must not be overlooked, the fact that we kept (Claudio) Marchisio and (Arturo) Vidal, who were wanted by Bayern Munich."

 
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