Robin van Persie will not be joining favourites Manchester City this summer or any other Premier League club, if statements from the Dutchman’s father are anything to go by.
Van Persie’s future has been hitting headlines recently as the Arsenal talisman and captain has yet to commit his future to the Gunners despite entering the final year of his contract. Negotiations between club officials and Van Persie are believed to have ended in a stalemate for now with the Dutchman wanting to bide his time to see how Wenger acts in the transfer market.
Newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City who have the funds to triple his current salary are believed to be the front runners for his signature should he decide to leave the Emirates this summer. However Van Persie senior believes his son will not be playing for another Premier League side due to his love and respect for Arsenal and would more likely move abroad.
According to the Daily Mail father Bob van Persie was quoted by Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, saying:
It is impossible to go to another English team.
Robin does everything necessary to win, but victory is not his only goal. Play to win, but not at any cost.
This will go a long way to settle Gooners nerves as many feared the worst that he would walk the well trodden path to MoneyBags City.
So who are the potential clubs that will bid for Van Persie? The media have talked up Juventus, but that will never happen, the most likely candidate would have to be Real Madrid after Barcelona have admitted they won’t be bidding on RVP this summer as they look to cut costs.
Thank goodness Mancini won’t be having his way in the transfer market as per usual, a bottomless pit of cash can not always pry an Arsenal player who have a real love for the club.
And now with the Arsenal chairman admitting there will be a change in the wage structure at the Emirates to accommodate more star players, it seems even more likely that Gooners will finally see some big name purchases come in from now on…once they sell off the fringe players (a.k.a deadwood). This had to be done in order to attempt to retain Van Persie at the club.
What do you think? Will RVP still be a Gunner next season? Madrid have yet to make an approach yet and I really only see the La Liga giants as the only team that could entice him away from the Emirates. Feel free to comment below or on RVP’s transfer saga thread on the allArsenal Forum.