Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Manchester City Raid Arsenal for van Persie

Robin van Persie is set for a sensational £25m move to Manchester City.Van Persie will hold crunch talks over his future on Wednesday and Arsenal fear he will tell them he wants to leave.City are leading a three-way battle for van Persie with Manchester United and Juventus but it is believed the newly-crowned Premier League champions are in pole position.Big-spending City are prepared to more than treble his wages to £250,000-a-week to snap up another Arsenal player after already signing Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Kolo Toure. Wenger has already insisted he will not sell van Persie to City for any price but Arsenal will not be able to match the contract on offer and then must decide whether to hold him to his contract or sell and cut their losses.Arsenal's board are believed to be ready to hold van Persie to his contract - but that may be tested by City's determination and whether the Arsenal striker forces the issue.It is another painful saga for Arsenal fans after losing Cesc Fabregas and Nasri last summer and it has become clear in recent weeks that van Persie has been reluctant to commit himself long term.

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