Over recent weeks some supporters have started to believe that Robin Van Persie could stay an Arsenal player for the forthcoming season, with a potential transfer for the Dutch striker seemingly stalling. However, it now looks as though the writing is on the wall for the former Feyenoord striker, with the club agreeing a £24m fee with Manchester United.
Van Persie has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium since the start of July, after he incredibly announced that his future lies away from the club following a meeting with Arsene Wenger and several board members. RVP stated that he did not agree with the future transfer policy of the club and indicated that he did not feel as though trophies would be on the horizon if the Gunners continued their reserved approach in the transfer market.
Following those comments, there have been hoards of speculation surrounding the player’s exit. Manchester City and Juventus were also supposedly interested, although the former seemingly dropped out of the race following comments by Roberto Mancini last week. United are thought to have been the only serious suitors and after having a bid rejected a couple of weeks ago, it has been widely thought that Sir Alex Ferguson would return with a new offer.
That now appears to be the case, with an Arsenal statement reading like the following: “Arsenal Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Robin van Persie to Manchester United. Van Persie will travel to Manchester on Thursday in order to agree personal terms and complete a medical ahead of the proposed move.”
If things go to plan, RVP is likely to complete his transfer before Manchester United’s new season kicks off on Monday. It now remains to be seen if Arsene Wenger will be given any of the £24m to spend on new players.