Following the announcement that he intends on moving on from the Emirates, Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie is undoubtedly football’s most elegible batchelor.
The Dutch striker displayed his pedigree last season as he managed to stay injury free and fire in 37 goals, and in the process helped Arsenal secure Champions League football and 3rd place ahead of rivals Tottenham.
Yet this isn’t enough for the striker, their failure to win silverware since beating United in the 2005 FA Cup has seen them lose a number of stars, and it appears Van Persie will be the latest name to join that list.
Juventus apparently tested the waters with an £8m bid which was duly rejected whilst Man City and Roberto Mancini are said to be keen admirers, but Manchester United have emerged as somewhat shock suitors for Van Persie’s signature with many bookies according to sportsbook reviews.
The Daily Mail are reporting that United are ready to stretch the club’s wage structure to match or even better Man City’s apparent £225k a week offer.
Whilst Sir Alex may admire Van Persie, a number of questions remain in regards to any possible transfer:
- Would Van Persie join another English club, especially one that is considered a rival (?) by his current club?
- Can United really match City financially?
- How does Sir Alex go about persuading the striker to join United, who have just endured a trophyless season, ahead of the champions of England?
Whilst this story may have legs, it is very much up in the air and I wouldn’t put my house on seeing the Arsenal captain plying his trade at Old Trafford. Then again stranger things have happened!