Etihad Stadium boss looks to capture Emirates Stadium star.
Manchester City will make a £30million swoop for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie if contract talks between the crisis club and the disaffected star make no progress before the January transfer window.
Sources close to Van Persie say he is deeply disillusioned over the summer departures of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy to City.
Van Persie scored twice in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bolton but if he chooses to follow his former team-mates out of the club it will add to the feeling that Arsene Wenger’s side, who have made Arsenal’s worst start to a League season for 58 years, are unravelling.
Van Persie’s contract – thought to be worth £80,000 a week – runs out in 2013, meaning the club would be forced to sell him by next summer if they wanted any financial return.
With central defender Thomas Vermaelen and England winger Theo Walcott also having deals ending in 2013, chief executive Ivan Gazidis has a major task convincing the Dutchman to stay.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
There will be some who believe that Arsenal has become something of a feeder club for Man City and whilst such a statement is a tad insulting there is no doubting that Arsene Wenger appears to have no problem selling Gunners players to Roberto Mancini’s side.
In the past two years the likes of Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri have made the move and now this source believes that Robin Van Persie could be the next to do so, but would Wenger really consider such a sale? There is a sense of concern, in the media at least, that the North London club will consider selling a number of players who’s deals come to an end in the summer of 2013, with the Dutch striker being the key player in a bunch that also includes Theo Walcott, Thomas Vermaelen and Andrei Arshavin.
Having been handed the Arsenal captaincy following the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, Robin Van Persie has become even more crucial to the club. Clearly the 28 year old has had issues with injuries over the past few seasons but when fully fit, as he is now, he is a prolific marksman.
Last term Van Persie netted 18 goals from 19 Premier League starts and has scored five already this term in all competitions and one can see why a number of club’s would be interested in the former Feyenoord man, that said Mancini does already have a number of top notch strikers in his squad.
With Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko in a rich vein of form the Italian boss has not had to call upon last season’s top scorer Carlos Tevez and also has Mario Balotelli to boot.