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Fergie confirms Van Persie bid

2012-07-20 20:38

London - Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed on Friday that Manchester United have made a bid for unsettled Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

Ferguson made his move for van Persie after the Netherlands international, whose current contract expires at the end of the forthcoming campaign, announced earlier this month that he would refuse to sign a new deal with the Gunners.

Premier League champions Manchester City and Italian giants Juventus have also expressed interest in van Persie, but Ferguson tried to steal a march on his rivals with a firm offer.

It is believed Arsenal rejected United's bid because they want at least 20 million ($31.2 million) for the 28-year-old, who scored 37 goals in all competitions last season and won both the Players' and Football Writers' Player of the Year awards.

"Obviously Arsenal have given out the fact that we've made a bid for him," Ferguson told MUTV.

"We try to keep business as close as possible to us until the moment we conclude a deal. There's no point talking about something that might not happen.

"There are other clubs interested in the player. We've shown an interest and that's where we're at at the moment."

Van Persie stunned Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger when he declared immediately after Euro 2012 that he wanted to leave the north London team because he felt the club's ambitions did not match his own.

That shock announcement prompted City and Juventus to start the chase for one of Europe's top strikers and United are now firmly in the hunt as well.

Arsenal were expected to announce on Friday whether van Persie would join them on their pre-season tour to Asia but later delayed the decision until Saturday, when they are due to leave the country.

It is widely believed Wenger will opt against including van Persie in a bid to avoid further acrimony.

The van Persie saga threatens to become a carbon copy of those that saw Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri sold to Barcelona and Manchester City respectively last year, even though Wenger was desperate to keep both players.

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Comments
  • onkgopotse.mashego - 2012-07-20 21:00

    Let him go! The good ones are not yet born nd he aint de first to prosper @ de Gunners hu flt he hs outgrown Arsenal...we wl always hve sum1 better dan hm

  • onkgopotse.mashego - 2012-07-20 21:00

    Let him go! The good ones are not yet born nd he aint de first to prosper @ de Gunners hu flt he hs outgrown Arsenal...we wl always hve sum1 better dan hm

  • Lunga - 2012-07-21 02:29

    No chance in hell Arsenal will sell their best player to United. Maybe City, Liverpool, Spurs or even Chelsea. But not United. The two clubs have a deep history of not selling top players to each other. Won't happen.

  • Jbyej Junaid Itaintaday - 2012-07-21 07:38

    we dnt need Van Persie!

      mondli.khumalo.16 - 2012-07-22 10:03

      Pity you won't be consulted by man u. That's how much your opinion is valued.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-21 08:18

    Come now Sir Alex. You have a star striker in Berbatov that is not getting any game time. Do you really need another big-name striker who will demand to start every game? Then Chicharito and Welbeck will leave!

      Lunga - 2012-07-21 09:21

      Rooney and Van Persie are not out and out strikers and can be accommodated elsewhere on the park. I'm thinking in the hole behind the front two. As for Chicharito and Welbz, they're playing for the same position. Top class players both of them.\r\n\r\nAnd one correction, good sir: Berbatov is NOT a star. He's a useless piece of lard.

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-07-21 16:19

      Berba came with a massive reputation and has never really lived up to his price tag, RVP would be a phenomenal signing when you consider that he, like Rooney, will look for work and can create anything from nothing. It is an ambitious bid and not one I see happening however as a Red Devil myself I would welcome Van Persie with open arms.

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