Bernabeu side want Emirates Stadium striker.
ROBIN van PERSIE has shot to the top of Real Madrid’s wanted list and Arsenal fear the striker may be tempted by a move to Spain.
Madrid had been battling Barcelona to try to sign Neymar from Santos, but it now seems the Brazilian is destined for the Nou Camp.
That has made Van Persie Madrid’s No 1 target and the La Liga leaders will test Arsenal’s resolve to keep him with a £25 million bid, with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero also among the Spanish club’s top targets.
City themselves want Van Persie and are prepared to hand him a £200,000-a-week contract. But sources close to the Dutchman are unsure whether he would be prepared to play for a Premier League club other than Arsenal, who will offer their captain a new £125,000-a-week deal, plus a signing-on fee and £5m loyalty bonus to stay.
SOURCE: Daily Express
Jose Mourinho may well feel the need to add more orthodox striking options to his Bernabeu squad as presently he only has two options to call upon, Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema. Usually that lack of firepower would be a problem but clearly when you have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo scoring goals for fun from wide areas then it’s not an issue.
Robin Van Persie is also scoring goals for fun and there is a constant tide of speculation as to where the Dutchman will be come the beginning of next season. The 28 year old is still to put pen to paper on a new deal and with just over a year to run on his current contract there must be a certain amount of fear among Gunners fans that the former Feyenoord man will consider leaving the Emirates Stadium.
Clearly the run of recent form will have helped the North London’s chances of keeping their skipper and if a top four spot is clinched then there will be more of a chance that a new deal will be accepted, however that will not stop the likes of Real
Madrid and Man City making wage offers to Van Persie that Arsenal can not match, this is where they will hope that player’s loyalty will trump all other options.
Arsene Wenger can further increase the chances of Van Persie turning down advances by bringing in a reliable striking alternative to the club. A player who can help carry the goal-scoring burden that is currently almost solely carried by the club’s skipper.
Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela and Park Chu-Young have all failed to make an impact in this regard and perhaps Lukas Podolski will be the man to the job? A high profile capture such as that of the 26 year old German international will go a long way to proving the club’s ambitions.