Emirates Stadium skipper looking for big pay-day, who will meet his demands?
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Van Persie in danger of pricing himself out of move away from Arsenal
Robin van Persie is in danger of pricing himself out of a move from Arsenal with unrealistic wage demands.
The Holland striker’s talks over a new contract ended this week without a conclusion and Van Persie will head to the European Championship next month with his future in doubt.
However, Sportsmail can reveal that Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City are baulking at the astronomical numbers associated with a bid for the 28-year-old.
As well as Arsenal demanding a transfer fee of more than £20million, sources in Spain claim that Van Persie wants to be paid in line with top earners such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who receive weekly wages upwards of £275,000.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
So what now? If this source is accurate and Robin Van Persie’s wage demands exceed even those Man City are willing to pay, it seems highly unlikely that Arsenal can meet the Dutchman’s expectations which leaves the North London club in something of a pickle.
With just a year left of his current deal to run the 28 year old knows that his next contract could be his last meaningful one of his career and therefore appears to want to make it count. Having spent eight seasons at Arsenal, collecting just an FA Cup winners medal as tangible proof of success, Van Persie may feel that now is the time to move on.
Man City have made a habit of collecting Arsenal players in recent seasons, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri having made the move from the Emirates to the Etihad, many were of the opinion that should the Gunners skipper leave a move to the Premier League title holders was the most likely.
Could Real Madrid or Barcelona meet Van Persie’s demands? Is a move to La Liga on the cards? Will Robin Van Persie reduce his demands? All will be revealed in the coming weeks, thus rendering this long running transfer saga impotent.