Arsenal are reportedly set to give up on holding onto want away striker, Robin Van Persie as they are now ready to cash in on him. According to The Sun of London, Arsene Wenger was as at last night set to agree on a deal that will see his best striker leave the north London club for Manchester United.
Serious negotiation talks are expected to begin with United boss Alex Ferguson hoping to seal a £22million move before the weekend’s Premier League opener. United and Italian giants Juventus have yet to improve offers of £15m.
This latest turn of events is not in the least surprising as Van Persie, 29, was jeered by his own fans in Sunday’s win over Cologne in Germany and is now desperate for a move to be completed.
United see that as the opening to force through a deal. Arsenal were demanding £25m for the Dutch striker, who has just one year left on his contract but the club will now settle for less — rather than have a player on their books who does not want to be there and could become a hate figure for the fans.
RVP scored 37 goals in all competitions last term, 30 of them in the Premier League: his best record ever in an Arsenal shirt.