Juventus try to lure Van Persie from Arsenal at Euro 2012
Pavel Nedved drips honey in RVP's ear in Poland, Chelsea to outbid Gunners for Salomon Rondon
LUCKY for Arsenal that the Netherlands look like they are heading home early from Euro 2012, as Robin van Persie is having honey dripped in his ear by Juventus while away from London.
Metro reports that the Italian champions have dispatched director and former player Pavel Nedved to the Dutch camp in Poland to whisper sweet nothings to RVP and outline the benefits of life in Turin to the Arsenal striker.
Juventus are hoping to lure the player to Italy with a £180,000-a-week contract and are prepared to pay Arsenal £25m for the striker. Manchester City could rival that fee but would have to offload either Edin Dzeko or Carlos Tevez to meet financial fair play regulations, explains Metro. For their part, Arsenal have offered van Persie a three-year, £130,000-a-week deal as well as a £5 million signing-on fee.
Could Chelsea steal in and pinch Salomon Rondon from under the noses of Arsenal? According to the Metro, the Blues see the Malaga marksman as a ready-made replacement for Didier Drogba, which presumably means he has an eye for a goal and a gift for playacting.
It was only on Monday that we reported that the Arsenal had 22-year-old Rondon in their sights, but the Metro says Chelsea are now the frontrunners to land the Venezuelan because they can "afford the £20million asking price".
With Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger known to be as tight as a Tom Cruise codpiece, that sort of sum is too much for the north London outfit and as a result, Chelsea are expected to seal the deal within the next month. Rondon, who's scored 25 goals in 67 appearances for Malaga, was watched by Chelsea scouts at the weekend when Venezuela lost 2-0 to Chile.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are in a three-way race to sign Napoli frontman Edinson Cavani. Talksport report that they face competition from Manchester City and Juventus with the latter particularly anxious to get their hands on the striker. According to Talksport, Juventus have a war chest containing £30m for summer acquisitions and, having given up on Robin van Persie and Carlos Tevez, are now turning their attention to Cavani. It's believed the Serie A champions will offer Napoli cash "as well as one or possibly two players" in a bid to beat off the pair of Premier League clubs.
Elsewhere and the Liverpool Echo claims that Chelsea's unsettled striker Salomon Kalou could be heading north to Liverpool before long.
New Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is a fan of the Ivorian, having got to know Kalou during his time as a junior coach at Chelsea, but the Echo says no formal approach has yet been made for the 26-year-old.
Kalou is currently out of contract at the Bridge and though he's been linked with Newcastle United and German outfit Schalke 04 in recent weeks there have been no concrete offers. However, the Echo says that Kalou's agent, Rodger Linse, said the thought of playing for Liverpool is "appealing". Well, he would say that, wouldn't he?
In other news, the Daily Mail says that Barcelona have told Liverpool if they are serious about striker Cristian Tello they must stump up £7m to prove it. The 20-year-old Spain youth international has one season left on his Camp Nou contract and apparently new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is a fan of Tello's. But so are Valencia, Malaga and Benfica, and Barcelona aim to spark a bidding war for the player.
Liverpool are also said to be in the hunt for Serb frontman Milos Krasic with the Mirror claiming the club are "in talks" with Juventus over a deal for the 27-year-old. West Ham were rumoured to be interested in Krasic but the Mirror says the Hammers wanted a loan arrangement. That doesn't suit Juventus, who would prefer a permanent transfer, and Liverpool might be willing to pay the Old Lady of Turin the £6m she requires.