Man United Believe They Have Won the £20m race to Sign Arsenal Striker Robin Van Persie

Old Trafford boss believes he has won the race to sign the Emirates Stadium forward.

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Manchester United believe they have won the £20million race to sign Robin van Persie.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is confident the Arsenal captain will team up with Wayne Rooney to form a formidable strike-force in a rebuilt side he hopes can win back the title.

Van Persie scored 30 Premier League goals last term to help the Gunners to third in the table, while Rooney struck 27 times for United.

Ferguson is understood to have told footballing friends he believes van Persie will be moving to Old Trafford, despite the interest of money-bags Premier League champions Manchester City and Italian league winners Juventus.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

Sir Alex Ferguson could well do with an attacking addition and there are fewer in-form strikers in Europe that Robin Van Persie. Arsene Wenger will apparently have last ditch talks with the 28 year old Dutchman ahead of the North London club’s departure for their Asian tour, those talks do not appear to have much hope to succeeding given that the player has publicly stated his intention to not sign a new contract.

One wonders if Wenger would prefer to sell to United than letting another of his top talents move to the Etihad Stadium, not least because the Frenchman enjoys a fairly amenable relationship with Ferguson.

The Man United boss may well feel a move for Van Persie is too good an opportunity to turn down. The Old Trafford boss elected to not renew Michael Owen’s contract and Dimitar Berbatov has pleaded to be allowed to leave.

The Arsenal captain could perhaps be used as an effective strike partner for Wayne Rooney, an option that may seem all the more plausible given the very average form displayed by Mexican Javier Hernandez in his notoriously awkward second season.

However perhaps Van Persie would prefer a move abroad but if Arsenal do accept they have to cash in on their goal machine they may well just opt to accept whichever offer is highest and £20m is a decent price for a player with just 12 months to run on his contract.

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