Etihad Stadium side plot move to sign another Emirates Stadium star.
Manchester City have earmarked a move for Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie as Roberto Mancini looks to further strengthen his side’s attacking options. The Etihad Stadium boss is ready to sanction a £35m bid for the Dutchman who by next summer with have just a year to run on his current contract, a situation that the Premier League table toppers exploited to land Samir Nasri last summer.
Though Mancini has seen his side perform excellently up front this term he has seen Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko hit a barren run of form that has resulted in just one Premier League goal since early November and is still unable to rely on Mario Balotelli for consistent form. Sergio Aguero on the other hand has adapted well to life in the English top tier but Man City still feel they need attacking alternatives, not least because they hope to sell Carlos Tevez this month.
Arsenal’s poor recent form threatens to derail hopes of a top four finish and if the North London side fail to secure Champions League football for next term then Arsene Wenger’s chances of persuading captain Van Persie to sign a new contract are severely compromised.
The 28 year old former Feyenoord man is now into his eighth season at Arsenal and has just one FA Cup winners medal to show for it and the Gunners skipper may feel at this stage of his career a move away from the Emirates Stadium is in order if he wishes to challenge for major honours.
An offer of £35m for a player with just a year left on his contract is an attractive offer but Arsenal will be keen to turn down such bids but may find themselves in a tricky situation if Van Persie elects to put in a transfer request.
Van Persie was visibly angered by Arsene Wenger’s decision to substitute youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just seconds after he laid on the leveler that the striker scored at home to Man United and though the club has stated that there is no bad feeling between the manager and his captain a failure to secure tangible success, silverware of at the very least a spot in the Champions League for next term, then the North London club will find it very hard to persuade their star striker to stay at the club.