Emirates Stadium captain pushing for Nou Camp move.
Spanish source El Mundo Deportivo is reporting today that Dutch international Robin Van Persie wants to join former Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fabregas at the Nou Camp.
Arsenal have become indebted to their captain over the past 18 months as the 28 year old has shouldered the North London club’s goal-scoring burden with aplomb. This source suggests that watching Cesc Fabregas secure multiple trophy successes within his first six months at the Nou Camp has left Van Persie contemplating a move to Barcelona.
Van Persie has secured just one FA Cup triumph during his seven and a half seasons at the club and with less than 18 months to run on his current contract Arsene Wenger may well fear that the chances of the former Feyenoord man signing a new deal hang in the balance.
Should the Gunners fail to secure a top four finish and clinch the resultant Champions League spot, then Wenger’s chances of holding on to the prolific marksman become all the more slim. Van Persie has netted an incredible 25 goals in 29 matches this term and notched up 22 goals last season whilst fellow strikers Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho has struggled to find form.
Pep Guardiola may well be interested in signing a new striker as currently the Catalan club probably relies too heavily on Lionel Messi for an end product. Spanish national team record goalscorer David Villa is out for the rest of this season but was not in very good form before he was sidelined, therefore further fueling the possible need for a new striker signing.
El Mundo Deportivo believe the that close friendship between Fabregas and Van Persie may further strengthen the chances of the two becoming team-mates again in the not too distant future.
Arsene Wenger will no doubt look to fight off interest in his prized attacking asset but as his contract ticks down, and his value decreases, the Emirates Stadium boss may have a tough decision to make.