Juventus are eyeing a summer move for Robin van Persie but fear that Chelsea could be able to offer him better terms if he were to come onto the market, The Daily Express reports citing sources from Italy.
The aforementioned reports suggest that the reigning Italian champions - who currently boast a seemingly unassailable 11-point lead at the top of the Serie A table - would be very interested in signing the Dutchman, but fear that his hefty wages could prove a stumbling block and are worried that Chelsea - as well as French champions Monaco - would be willing to offer him more.
30-year-old Van Persie, a two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, only joined Manchester United in a rather controversial move from rivals Arsenal during the summer of 2012 but doubts already appear to have been raised recently concerning his long-term Old Trafford future with the club enduring a hugely difficult 2013/14 season to date.
As well as seemingly appearing to criticise his Manchester United teammates following their shock 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos in the Champions League last month, reports today have claimed that David Moyes is privately concerned about the striker's contribution to the squad.
Whether Manchester United would indeed be willing to dispense of his services this summer remains to be seen, but despite his struggles during the current campaign, Van Persie's excellent goalscoring record in the top-flight suggests that there would surely be interest if they were to look to move him on.
Juventus - who supposedly believe Van Persie could be available for approximately £18 million - would presumably have to sell a striker or two of their own if they were to pursue Van Persie, with former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez and Spanish international Fernando Llorente currently jostling for position in that department at present alongside the likes of Fabio Quagliarella, Mirko Vucinic, Sebastian Giovinco and Southampton loanee Dani Osvaldo.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are widely expected to be in the market for a new striker this summer given the lack of consistent firepower being demonstrated by their current crop of forwards.
While Samuel Eto'o has gradually improved at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho since his summer move to Stamford Bridge from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, Fernando Torres is still not replicating the sort of form that once saw him regarded as one of the most feared goalscorers on the planet and Demba Ba has rarely been given the opportunity to feature.