Lazio have ruled out the possibility of signing Robin van Persie this summer because they cannot afford his wages.
The 31-year-old, who netted a total of ten goals in an injury hit season with Manchester United, has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer.
Speculation intensified after Van Persie admitted he faced a ‘difficult situation’ as he wants to play regular first-team football next year ahead of Euro 2016.
Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare has confirmed Van Persie’s wages are outside of their means, so the Dutchman will not be moving to the Serie A club.
Speaking about Van Persie, Tare said: “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.”
Van Persie is likely to find his wages are a stumbling block for a lot of potential suitors so if he does want a move away from United in order to play more football, he’ll more than likely have to take a pay cut.
After an incredibly successful season in the Serie A and in Europe, that could be a great opportunity for Van Persie as it is a slower pace of football in Italy which is more suited to his natural game.