Emirates Stadium side ready to make big money offer.
Arsenal desperate to hold talks with Van Persie over whopping new deal
Arsenal are ramping up their efforts to sign talisman Robin van Persie to a new record-breaking contract.
Sportsmail understands the Holland international would prefer to wait until the end of the season before holding talks over a new deal.
But the Gunners board are eager to start discussing the Gunners captain’s future and will attempt to open talks within the next few weeks.
Van Persie is happy to listen to the club’s proposals over a deal extension, but, as it stands, is not prepared to commit himself to a new long-term contract until the end of the season.
Sportsmail revealed in October how Arsenal were preparing a club-record four-year contract worth in the region of £18million (£90,000-per-week) to keep Van Persie.
But the club could push the boat out even further such is Van Persie’s importance to Arsene Wenger’s side.
Champions League qualification will have a massive bearing on Van Persie’s decision, as will the promise of new summer signings after the club’s disappointing season.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Given that Robin Van Persie has just over a year left on his current contract, the need to tie down the Dutchman to a new deal becomes more pressing by the day and Arsene Wenger knows more than most that having a player get to within 12 months of the end of his tenure is a dangerous place to be.
Wenger opted to take £25m from Man City for Samir Nasri as the French attacker opted against signing a new deal and the Gunners boss will fear that Europe’s elite will start to circle the North London club this summer, especially if Arsenal fail to secure that all important top four spot.
This source suggests that Arsenal prepared a deal worth £18m back in October and asserts that they will increase this offer by the summer and then hope that their 28 year old skipper opts to remain at the club he has represented for eight seasons, eight seasons that have yielded just one FA Cup success in terms of tangible success.
Whilst an offer of £90k a week would represent a club record offer it is fee that is dwarfed by what the likes of Chelsea, Man United and Man City offer their top performers and indeed Van Persie could expect a far higher salary if he were to opt for a move to Spain or Italy.
Perhaps Wenger will hope that Van Persie’s loyalty to the club will play a big part in any decision making process but that’s a hope that is harder to count on when he sees big name players leave the Emirates Stadium but doesn’t see the same level of player being brought in to replace those leaving.