Lazio have confirmed that they won't be signing Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie after reports emerged over the weekend that they could be plotting a deal for the Dutchman, reports the Express.
Van Persie is strongly expected to leave Old Trafford this summer after struggling throughout the 2014/2015 campaign due to injury issues, meaning he could only net 10 goals in all competitions.
The 31-year-old was predicted yet another big season, similar to his debut one in Manchester, after it was announced that Louis Van Gaal was to become the new manager, but it simply didn't turn out that way.
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Van Persie and Van Gaal go way back due to working together on the international scene with Netherlands, and after the announcement was made about the managerial role at Old Trafford, fans were excited about the two working together.
However, injury problems kept Van Persie out of the team for large portions of the season and because of his hefty wage, it was looking likely that he would leave the club over the summer.
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Serie A Move
The striker still may leave after all, but it won't be to Serie A side Lazio as they have already ruled themselves out of the running.
Reports emerged over the weekend that the Italian side could be interested in signing Van Persie, but their Sporting Director has rubbished claims and has admitted that a deal wouldn't be feasible for them.
Igli Tare, Lazio's director, was asked about the reports and he rubbished them right away saying the club simply couldn't afford to do a deal with the star-striker.
He told Lazio Style Radio: "I can only say that I respect Van Persie as a striker, but unfortunately he is outside of our parameters.
"There was never any meeting."
The original reports claimed that Van Persie had met with Lazio officials whilst on holiday in Italy, but Tare revealed that there were no such meetings.
RVP to Juventus
With Lazio ruling out their interest, it leaves Serie A champions Juventus with a strong chance of signing the forward.
The Old Lady have been linked with signing Van Persie after he confirmed that he regularly speaks with Patrice Evra about the club.
Evra and Van Persie were team-mates at United until the left-back moved on from England and joined Juve.
The only real issue facing Van Persie is his contract. The Dutchman earns around £250k-a-week at United, which most clubs would be reluctant to pay.
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