Date: 20th July 2012 at 11:51am
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Whilst it appeared to be just paper speculation, Manchester ’s interest in could be genuine as a number of news outlets are reporting that we have had a bid turned down for the want away striker.

Whilst Van Persie is said to prefer a move to Italy, United are being reported as the preferred destination in for the striker who has a year left on his deal at Arsenal.

A bid of £20m is reported to be the fee that will see Arsenal relinquish their captain, but so far it is yet to be matched, with United’s bid said to have been well short of £15m, as the club are reluctant to splash on a striker with a sketchy injury history and who turns 29 next month.

Van Persie looks set to miss Arsenal’s tour of Asia as the race for his signature hots up, and with and also in the hunt, also having bids rejected, RVP’s departure from Arsenal seems a lot more certain.