Manchester United have admitted they have launched a fresh bid for Gunners talisman Robin van Persie, however Arsenal are standing their ground as they either want to gain top dollar for the Dutchman or keep him for the upcoming season, despite the risk of loosing him for free next summer.
Arsene Wenger has not yet sold a player to Premier League rivals United, and reports have been heating up that the Dutchman could be the first to tread the path all Gooners are fearing, especially with other competitors Juventus and Manchester City essentially pulling out of the race to sign last seasons EPL Golden Boot winner.
These reports seemed to be somewhat true from United’s side anyway, with their Scottish manager Sir Alex Ferguson confessing that his side have launched a bid to sign the Gunners talisman, however he admitted he is not feeling that confident that an agreement will be reached
Speaking after United’s preseason penalty shootout loss to Barcelona, Ferguson reportedly said:
We have made a bid and they’ve been trying to negotiate with other clubs. I don’t have a gut feeling on it at the moment, I must admit.
We’re not getting any breakthrough with Arsenal. It’s difficult to say why they’re operating this way. I don’t know what their thoughts are because they’re not giving anything away.
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[On the apparent medical happening this evening]I can’t give you any more information
We just have to persevere. We are trying our best and hopefully it will come our way but there’s no progress at this moment in time.
Whether the Gunners are holding out for more money or not, the worrying thing is United’s perseverance that could potentially lure away the Dutchman from the Arsenal camp this summer. Wenger has maintained that they will not sell their star striker this summer, but they have brought in Podolski and Giroud to deal with the blow if they do.
Personally I’d like to see RvP see out his contract and help the Gunners to some silverware this season. There is the possibility that he may in fact sign an extension if things go well for the Gunners this season, especially with the squad reinforced significantly. I can see past his initial statement, just like United fans have gotten over Rooney’s declaration that he wanted to leave, can you?
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