Juventus are ready to drop out of the race to sign Robin van Persie and concentrate on Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic over fears they will be priced out of a move for the Dutchman.
The Bianconeri are determined to add a striker to their squad this summer and declared their interest in van Persie to Arsenal last week along with Manchester City.
However the Gunners rejection of Manchester United’s offer on Friday, believed to be in the region of £12m (Dh68.8m) and their valuation of nearly £25m (Dh143.4m), means the Italian champions are now poised to focus on Jovetic.
Juve are also concerned they will be unable to match the proposed wages offered by United and City.
Jovetic at 22 is significantly younger than van Persie and is a sounder long-term investment while his wage demands would be considerably lower.
The Montenegro international is unsettled at La Viola having been stripped of the club captaincy by coach Vincenzo Montella.
Van Persie was left in London by Arsenal as they embarked on their tour of Asia. Despite suspicions the move is merely to help speed up his departure from the club, manager Arsene Wenger is insistent he wants to hold onto the 28-year-old.
“For me, van Persie is one of the best strikers in the world, if not the best, and my desire is to keep him at the club,” he said.
“As for the rest I will do what is in the best interests of Arsenal. That, at the moment, is where we are.”
Arsenal are keen to start moving in the market with Malaga winger Santi Cazorla a consideration.
Cazorla is unhappy over unpaid wages owed to him by Malaga but the Spanish international’s £38m (Dh218m) release clause is a major stumbling block.