Old Trafford side target Emirates Stadium forward.
Robin the red: Ferguson lines up Van Persie for Man United but first he must fight off City
Manchester United are preparing to gazump neighbours City and sign unsettled Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.
Sir Alex Ferguson is determined to land the Holland star, who confirmed he will not be signing a new contract at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, as Sportsmail revealed on May 18.
The striker’s statement on his own website read: ‘As announced earlier this year, I had a meeting with the Boss and Mr Gazidis after the season. This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.
‘I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. Out of my huge respect for Mr Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we, in many aspects, disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward.
‘I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract. You guys, the fans, have the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions.
‘I love the club and the fans, no matter what happens. I have grown up and became a man during my time with Arsenal FC. I am very proud of being part of this fantastic club for the last eight years. As soon as Mr Gazidis is back from his two-week holiday in America further meetings will follow and I will update you if and when there are more developments.’
Club officers were frantically trying to reach owner Stan Kroenke to update the American businessman. A club statement read: ‘We have to respect Robin’s decision not to renew his contract. Robin has one year to run on his contract and we are confident that he will fulfil his commitments to the club. We are planning with ambition and confidence for next season.’
Nevertheless, Arsenal insiders last night said the club are resigned to selling him this summer. The prospect of £20million is too good to turn down.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Arsenal have publicly stated that they wish for Robin Van Persie to honour the final year of his Gunners contract but it seems highly unlikely the North London side will allow the Dutchman to run down his deal as they would lose out on any fee they could command for the goal machine in a year’s time.
Therefore offers for the 28 year old will definitely be considered, despite words to the contrary from the Emirates Stadium club. They made similar statements in relation to other players who made it clear they wanted to leave and then relented so as to cash-in on talent rather than allow players to leave on free transfers.
Man United could well do with attacking reinforcements. Michael Owen has been released, Dimitar Berbatov is in the final year of his deal and not happy about his lack of first team action. Javier Hernandez experienced a drop in his notoriously tricky second season.
Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck did however both perform well last term.
Arsene Wenger has already spent £23m on Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud and may need to balance the books ahead of any further moves in the transfer market and whilst he can garner some funds from the potential sale of under-performing squad players such as Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu-Young as well as loaned out talents Carlos Vela, Denilson and Nicklas Bendtner, he can clearly make a bigger financial splash by accepting the biggest offer on the table for Van Persie.
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