Fergie makes personal plea to Wenger, in hope of landing the Dutchman.
Sir Alex Ferguson has made a personal plea to Arsene Wenger to sell him Robin van Persie.
Manchester United boss Ferguson has become frustrated by the summer-long saga which has seen him try to buy the Dutchman, who wants to move to Old Trafford.
But Fergie’s personal intervention may now pay off as United are set to come back in the next 48 hours with a £20million-plus bid which may finally bring a breakthrough.
Fergie has gone directly to French rival Wenger in an attempt to force the deal through before the new season kicks off on Saturday.
The Gunners are adamant that van Persie will not be allowed to move to an English club for less than £25million.
They have made it clear that the price would be higher for United or Manchester City than for the other suitors, Italian champions Juventus, but so far no club has come close to meeting Arsenal’s demands.
The Mirror understands that City made it clear to Arsenal they would be prepared to go above £20m but have not tabled a bid of that figure because van Persie has told them he does not fancy a move to Eastlands.
SOURCE: The Daily Mirror
After weeks of intense speculation, the Robin van Persie saga looks to be finally drawing to a close. Twitter was buzzing this morning with rumours that the Dutchman is set to seal a £25m switch to Manchester United, while several sources have suggested that Ferguson has directly intervened to get the deal done.
For Arsenal and their fans, it will be gut-wrenching to see the 29-year-old Dutchman in United colours next season and they must be cursing Juventus boss Antonio Conte.
Van Persie reportedly favoured a switch to the Old Lady of Turin before news of Conte’s ten month ban for match-fixing understandably put him off.
A switch to Italy would have suited everyone. Van Persie would be grudgingly allowed to leave and always welcome back with thanks, while the Gunners could gain £20m plus without strengthening a direct rival.
Instead, their skipper is set to join a club with whom the ill-feeling runs deep.
The Gunners will survive, of course. No player is the bigger that the club and they have been in this position before. But while Cesc Fabregas will remain revered in the red half of north London, van Persie will from now on be reviled for his decision to move to Old Trafford.
Ironically, the signings of Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud may have see a van Persie-led Gunners significantly bridge the gap to United (and City) next season, but the loss of their skipper will be such that it the Premier League looks set for continued domination from the Manchester duo.
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