Van Persie has insisted that he does not want to hold talks until the end of this current season, which is likely due to the striker wanting to see what position the club is in before committing the remainder of his career to Arsenal. But due to his age and with only one year left on his contract he will not worth much more than Nasri last summer, leaving the Gunners in a position where it isn’t worth selling their prized asset.
The Dutchman turns 29 in August and will be a month short of his 30th birthday when his contract ends, which could potentially warn off Europe’s elite clubs from pouncing with a long term huge sum deal.
Real, Barcelona and Manchester City have all been expressing their interest in recent months and have hinted of a possible summer swoop, but its believed that Arsenal’s Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis will remain staunch and refuse to sell the Dutch wizard even if it means losing him for free in 2013.
An Arsenal source told Goal.com:
The communication has come directly from Ivan Gazidis. He flatly refuses to sell him at any price. He has told Van Persie, ‘you are going nowhere and can see out your contract’.
Arsenal are not stupid. If he sees out his contract he will be 30. Real Madrid and Barcelona are not going to recruit him at 30.
Van Persie feels powerless and anxious. There is no way any club will pay £40m for him this summer, because of his age. This makes him a £20m player and Arsenal don’t need to sell him for that.
The last thing Van Persie needs to feel is helpless and resentful towards Arsenal’s hierarchy, and to be honest Barcelona or Madrid would be quite happy to take him at 30 especially if his blistering form continues next season.
The priority is to offer Van Persie a substantial deal that will prevent him from leaving but also the striker will get the payout he deserves. If Arsenal do offer him the rumoured £90,000 a week four year deal then that will blow Wenger’s over 30’s contract policy right out of the water. The Frenchman has only offered one year deals once a player reaches his 30’s no matter the calibre, but surely he will make an exception this time!
What do you think, will Van Persie stay? After the recent events at the Emirates huge doubt has been cast over his Gunners future but if they manage to qualify for the Champions League and recruit some new stars then surely he will want to be a part of Arsenal’s promising future?