Man United Look to Complete £20m Signing of Arsenal Striker Robin Van Persie

Old Trafford side look to land Emirates Stadium goal machine.

MAN UNITED will this week up their offer to £20million in a bid to finally sign Arsenal’s Robin van Persie.

Last season’s PFA Players’ and Football Writers’ Player of the Year has become such a ­priority for manager Sir Alex ­Ferguson that United are prepared to pay over the odds for the Dutchman, who only has one year left on his contract and is now 29.

Fergie admitted last week that Arsenal are proving ­difficult to deal with over their prized asset.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger does not want to lose him – particularly to one of his main rivals.

SOURCE: Daily Star

Will Arsenal accept an offer of £20m? In today’s market such a fee doesn’t perhaps seem high enough but then one has to factor in that Robin Van Persie has just a year to run on his current contract and as such his value is decreasing by the day. Arsene Wenger will be loathed to lose the Dutch striker but may have to consider the merits of keeping a player who has stated his intention to leave.

The Gunners boss has perhaps softened the blow of a potential sale by bringing in Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, indeed many have taken such signings as an implicit admission that the Arsenal captain is destined to leave this summer but as yet this has not proven the case.

Sir Alex Ferguson may well feel he could do with another proven marksman. The Scot opted to release injury prone veteran Michael Owen and Dimitar Berbatov has pleaded to be allowed to leave so as to pursue first team football elsewhere. Mexican youngster Javier Hernandez has gone off the boil and Danny Welbeck, though fast improving, is by no means prolific.

Perhaps the Man United boss believes a pairing of Wayne Rooney and Van Persie will greatly increase the chance of his Old Trafford side wrestling the Premier League title back from their local rivals.

It may take a further increased bid to persuade Arsenal to allow their prized asset to leave this summer.

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