Emirates Stadium goal machine set for move to the Etihad?
Van Persie, whose Arsenal contract expires at the end of next season, has so far resisted attempts by the London club to extend his current deal and is aware that he remains Roberto Mancini’s number one target this summer.
City have yet to lodge a bid with Arsenal for Van Persie, with the Premier League champions reluctant to offer more than £20?million because of the player’s age – he is 29 in August – and his dwindling contract.
Van Persie, currently on holiday in the Caribbean, is expected to join his team-mates on Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Asia.
But the player is rumoured to have studied properties in the Cheshire area and City are confident that they can secure his services if they move swiftly to thwart rival interest from Barcelona and Italian champions Juventus.
SOURCE: Daily Telegraph
This is beginning to look eerily familiar as Man City prepare a bid to snap up their fifth Arsenal signing in recent seasons. If this source is to be believed then it would seem that Roberto Mancini is readying a bid for the Dutch international and if the Gunners skipper has told Arsene Wenger he has no intention of signing a new deal and is ready to quit the Emirates Stadium club then Arsenal may have little choice other than consider offers for the 28 year old striker.
This source states that the Premier League title holders may well look to offload four strikers ahead of a move for the Arsenal forward. Mario Balotelli, Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz and Edin Dzeko could be sold to make way for new arrivals with Robin Van Persie being Mancini’s chief target.
Wenger has brought in Lukas Podolski and is nearing a deal to sign Olivier Giroud, which could be considered as Arsenal laying down the foundations for life after Van Persie, that said a move to sell the in-form marksman will not go down well with the North London club’s supporters who have seen a number of their top talents leaving during a seven year silverware drought.