Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has suggested that Robin van Persie is not worth the £24million Manchester United paid for him.
The Italian giants were among the clubs pursuing the Holland striker as he forced his way out of Arsenal but lost out to United in the race for the 29-year-old’s services.
But, despite being disappointed with not securing Van Persie’s signature, Marotta said that the club were unwilling to pay such a large fee due to the striker being in the final year of his contract at Arsenal before his move.
Marotta also insisted that the Old Lady were happy with their summer signings, even if none of their buys could boast the class or experience of Van Persie.
‘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.
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has hit out at Juve’s summer offer for Van Persie, saying that the Turin giants tried to get their man on the cheap. According to the gaffer, ‘Juventus can’t think about selling players for €70million and then buying new ones for a tenth of that amount,’ he said.
‘That would be too easy, but that is not possible in today’s football. Van Persie would have been a free agent in the summer of 2013, but we decided to sell after Manchester United made a great offer.’