Juventus are reportedly preparing to launch a £20million bid for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie - and will offer him a £200,000-a-week deal to snub a move to Manchester.
Italian champions Juve, along with Manchester City and rivals Manchester United, have all tabled bids for Van Persie in the past fortnight after he announced he had no plans to sign a new contract at Emirates Stadium.
Manchester United are seen as the bookmakers favourites after Juventus last week hinted that they were ready to cool their interest, while weekend reports had suggested City's bid to sign the 28-year-old was in danger of falling through.
City boss Roberto Mancini admitted earlier this week that the Premier League champions face losing out to their rivals in the race to sign the Dutchman (see Related Articles).
And according to the Daily Mirror, Juventus are ready to put together a £70M package to land the forward.
Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta is said to have held further talks with Van Persie’s representatives and has made it clear the club will beat any offer made by rivals Manchester United.
According to Tuesday's report, in addition to a £20m transfer fee, Juventus are ready to offer the player a five-year deal worth £190,000 a week AFTER tax.
Over the past week it has been widely reported that Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson is confident of landing Van Persie, but whether the Red Devils would be willing to offer wages in the region of £200,000 a week remains to be seen.
It is believed the Netherlands international is keen on joining either club, with City seen as his third choice. However, it is also thought that Van Persie could prefer a move to Italy to avoid damaging his reputation with Arsenal fans.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expected to hold another round of talks with his skipper in the coming days.
The Gunners have offered Van Persie a £130,000-a-week deal in addition to a £5million signing-on fee, with Wenger still hopeful his star player will perform a U-turn.
AC Milan, Barcelona, and Real Madrid have also shown interest in Van Persie in recent weeks.