Laughable: Juve offers 10 million euros for Van Persie
LONDON, England ● Arsenal have turned down a 10 million euros (£8 million) offer from Juventus for Dutch striker Robin van Persie, according to reports in Italy.
The 28-year-old, who scored 36 goals in all competitions for the Gunners last season, is a target of Juventus, Manchester City and Paris St Germain.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juve will have to up their bid to acquire Van Persie after their first offer to secure the Netherlands international was rejected by the Premier League club.
Van Persie has been linked with a move away from Emirates Stadium this summer with his current contract expiring in 12 months’ time.
Arsenal have already secured deals for France striker Olivier Giroud and Germany forward Lukas Podolski.
● Juve in the meantime has signed Kwadwo Asamoah and Mauricio Isla from Udinese, with Cristian Pasquato moving the other way.
Both Asamoah and Isla have joined Juve on co-ownership deals, with the Serie A champion paying ?9 million ($11 million) for half of Asamoah’s rights and slightly more for Isla.
The fees are payable over the next three years.
Ghana midfielder Asamoah has spent four years at Udinese, while Chile defender Isla has plied his trade at the Stadio Friuli for a season longer.
Pasquato has progressed through the ranks at Juventus but has spent most of his senior career on loan and has made only one appearance for the team since his debut in 2008.
● Brazilian striker Amauri has returned to Parma on a two-year deal with an option for a further season after falling out of favor at Juventus
The move was announced Monday, with Amauri failing to play a single game for Juventus since his return from a loan spell at Parma in 2010-11.
Amauri was shipped out again on loan to Fiorentina in the second half of the season.
Juventus paid 22.8 million to Palermo for Amauri in May 2008, but the forward struggled and wasn’t wanted by coach Antonio Conte.
● Bundesliga club Augsburg has signed Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan from Dutch team AZ Alkmaar.
The Bavarian club says the 26-year-old Klavan has agreed to a two-year deal through to June 2014.
The clubs agreed not to reveal the transfer fee.
Klavan, who has 80 caps for Estonia, says he is looking forward to playing in the Bundesliga as it “has a good image in Europe.”
Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl says “Klavan can play in a number of positions in defense, but his strength lies in central defense.”
Augsburg ensured Bundesliga survival in its first season of topflight football and has made several new signings in the offseason.
● Lazio has signed midfielder Ederson from French club Lyon on a five-year contract.
The 26-year-old Brazilian signed the deal on Monday, keeping him at the Serie A club until 2017.
Ederson had been one of Lyon’s key players since joining from Nice in 2008.
● Spanish defender Carlos Cuellar has joined Sunderland on a free transfer, days after being released by fellow Premier League team Aston Villa.
The 30-year-old Cuellar signed a two-year deal and will be reunited with Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill, who signed the defender for 7.8 million pounds ($12.2 million) in 2008 when in charge of Villa.
Cuellar, who previously played for Osasuna in Spain and Scottish team Rangers, played 94 times for Villa but wasn’t a regular in the starting side last season. He can play at right back or at center back.
● Blackburn Rovers have completed the signing of former Newcastle United striker Leon Best for around £3 million.
The 25-year-old has agreed a four-year deal to make the move to Ewood Park, as Blackburn attempt to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking. He is the club’s second signing of the summer, after Danny Murphy completed his free transfer last week.
Best made 46 appearances for Newcastle in his two seasons at the club, scoring 10 goals. He missed the last three months of last season due to a ligament injury.