Manchester City and Juventus lead the race for Robin van Persie after he announced yesterday he would not be signing a new contract at Arsenal.

Juventus have reportedly has an £8m bid rejected, while City are said to be ready to offer £20m and £250,000 a week to land the Arsenal captain.

Robert Di Matteo has insisted he is not living in the shadow of former Barca manager Pep Guardiola, who was linked with Chelsea this summer.

Di Matteo said he would have accepted it if the club decided against hiring him, but admitted he was happy to be appointed as manager.


In today's transfer news, Manchester United are said to be lining up a £30million move for Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura. (Daily Mail)

Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo has urged Mario Balotelli to join him at Juventus, claiming he could get the best out of him. (Metro)

And finally, Brazilian defender Lucio has joined Juventus on a two-year deal after leaving Inter Milan, the club have confirmed. (Sky Sports)

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