But will the Emirates Stadium skipper sign on the dotted line?
Arsenal to shatter pay ceiling by offering £150,000 a week for Van Persie to stay
Arsenal are ready to offer Robin van Persie an unprecedented pay deal, thought to be worth more than £150,000 a week and far in excess of what had previously been expected, in a bid to keep the striker next season.
The offer is likely to include a signing-on fee of about £5million in addition to a wage packet of more than £130,000 a week, which would comprise a record deal for an Arsenal player – though the club are aware that Van Persie’s decision will not be wholly down to the money on offer but by the future prospects of the club.
The striker is highly unlikely to agree to any formal talks until the season is over and the future is clearer.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Whilst clearly £150k is not to be sniffed at, it’s a wage that Robin Van Persie could exceed if he were to pursue a move to the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea or Man City but the issue may well be less amount money and more about ambition and the Dutchman will want to see his Arsenal side spend money to bring in top notch players to help end seven barren years.
There will not be many who would doubt the 28 year old’s loyalty to the Emirates Stadium club, not least because of the way they stood by the former Feyenoord man during his many injury concerns and having been handed the Gunners captaincy in the summer Arsene Wenger will hope that the in form striker sticks with the club and signs a new deal to ward off prospective suitors.
Having lost the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy last summer Van Persie may have hoped that bigger efforts would’ve been made to replace such top quality players but such moves did not materialize and perhaps the fact that Wenger chose to not invest in new talent in the January transfer window, with the club desperate to claim a top four spot, would’ve surprised the Arsenal striker.
This source goes on to explore the financial running of the North London club that throws up some interesting issues relating to the net spend Arsenal have made in the transfer market versus their direct competitors and though Wenger is said to be holding a transfer budget of around £45m for the summer there will still be some who are not convinced he will go ahead and spend it, such is the stubborn nature of a man who prefers to root out a bargain over entering bidding wars.