Emirates Stadium hotshot is a wanted man.
Real Madrid plan to open the bidding for Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie.
The Daily Mail says Real Madrid will make an offer for Van Persie in the summer as they join the £30million race for the Arsenal striker.
Madrid will also look to put Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain in as part of the deal. Higuain, 24, is a target for Chelsea but has been long admired by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Now whilst Arsenal will be loathed to lose their star performer if an offer of £30m and Argentine Gonzalo Higuain was made then Arsene Wenger may well feel that it’s an offer to good to turn down. If the the Gunners skipper makes it clear he wishes to leave in the summer, a possibility that would significantly increase if the North London side fails to secure a top four spot, then this deal may be the best on offer.
The 28 year old striker has just 16 months to run on his current contract and when the deal moves into the final year then his value starts to decrease in a big way and from that moment on Arsenal will have a ticking time-bomb on it’s hands. Robin Van Persie has been in excellent form for his Arsenal side over the past two seasons but if the Gunners skipper feels that his career would be best served elsewhere then some difficult decisions may need to be made by Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman elected to sell both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in the summer, seriously reducing the quality in his Arsenal first team, but he felt that he had to sell as both players, for their own individual reasons, made it clear they wanted to leave.
Gonzalo Higuain at 24 has a few years on Van Persie and has become a feared predatory striker in La Liga, notching up a very healthy 83 goals in his last 142 appearances for Real Madrid. The former River Plate striker is thought to be a player that Wenger has been interested in the past and any offer that would see the French born forward included would surely be considered.
Surely if Van Persie stated his intention to leave or held out on signing a new contract in the summer, then such an offer would be almost too good to be true.