Premier League giants Arsenal have failed in the bid to convince Beppe Marotta to leave Italy for North London.
The Italian administrator occupies the chief executive role at Italian champions Juventus but he’s expected to leave his post at the end of this month.
His exit from Juventus was confirmed by Marotta in person ahead of the Old Lady’s top-of-the-table clash with Napoli last weekend.
Juventus came from a goal down to beat 10-man Napoli 3-1 at home and open a six-point gap at the top of the Italian Serie A table.
Belgian international forward Dries Mertens gave the visitors a 10th minute lead before Croatian World Cup star Mario Mandzukic scored either side of the halftime interval to overturn the opening goal.
Napoli defender Marco Rui was sent off just before the hour mark and the hosts soon made the numerical advantage count.
Leonardo Bonucci scored a third goal on 76 minutes to wrap up the victory for Juventus.
Arsenal’s move for Marotta was reported by popular Italian news outlet Tuttosport and it claimed that the Gunners offered him a salary of around €3.5m.
According to the paper, Marotta turned down the offer because he was not ready to move away from Italy.
It was further stated that Inter Milan are in pole position to snap him up as their new executive.
Arsenal are looking for a new chief executive after it was confirmed in September that Ivan Gazidis will leave the post at the end of this month.