Juventus (possibly) compiling massive £70m package. Deal or no deal? By SV
A couple of days ago, it was reported that Italian giants Juventus had put together a giant package of £70m (including wages) to tempt our skipper to join them, and to tempt Arsenal to allow him to. This supposedly includes a £20m transfer fee for us and a £190k per week pay package after tax for him. I realize that there is a high chance that this story’s total bollocks, but hey, this is a news website and has to report all news. Anyway, here is a quote from the Mirror’s article:
“Juventus are set to launch a stunning SEVENTY million pound attempt to lure Robin van Persie to Italy.
Giuseppe Marotta, the Serie A champions’ general manager, has held further talks with van Persie’s representatives and made it clear they will top any offer made by rivals Manchester United….Van Persie will also be offered a five-year deal worth £190,000 a week AFTER tax….And Juve have told his agents that they will make a £20m offer to Arsenal for his services.”
Sounds like Class A journalism to me. Let’s take a look at it.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that Italy is pretty much the same as Britain, in that the very top earners pay about 40% tax. So for RVP to be offered 190k AFTER tax, his salary, before tax, would have to be around £315k…per week. That’s about 50% more than the wage of the Premier League’s highest paid player. Now I ask you, does it seem likely that Juventus are willing to splash that kind of cash on a 28 year old player with a dreadful injury record?
It doesn’t seem likely to me.
No, what I was most interested in, obviously, was the fee which might be paid to us. If current rumours are to be believed, then no bid for our captain has yet topped £15m. Most pundits reckon that £20m is a reasonable figure for his services, given that he only has a year left on his contract.
I think that this is ridiculous. I realize that he may have alienated many of the fans (I personally think he can still have a future with us), but he is still a world class striker who has just been Player of the Year in the hardest league on the world.
He’s about as good a player as you can get. On last season’s evidence, he’s right up there with the likes of Iniesta, Ronaldo and Messi. So, for someone to suggest that we should sell him for £20m – when crap like Modric is going for 30 – is unbelievable.
I could be wrong, but RVP could well be the difference between silverware and failure, so I seriously suggest this: reject the £15m offers, keep RVP, win the title, recoup the 15m in prize money. Simple. What do you think?
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