LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Robin van Persie of Arsenal is tackled by Mark van Bommel of AC Milan during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Arsenal and AC Milan at Emirates Stadium on March 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
It looks like Arsenal's want away star man Robin Van Persie is one of our top transfer priorities. A man that scored 30 Premier League goals last season coming to Old Trafford, to partner Wayne Rooney up top is a mouth watering prospect. But it also raises other questions. Why spend a significant amount of money on a striker, when we already have a 25+ goal hit man in Rooney, while are engine room is looking rather depleted?
Obviously Arsenal have given out the fact that we've made a bid for him, 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."
Sir Alex Ferguson
According to this report from BBCSport, Arsenal want at least £25M. For a player who has already announced his desire to leave, and who is in the last year of a contract, I think that sum is a little lofty. The only way they get that is if a bidding war follows. Fortunatley for Arsenal, Manchester CIty are also interested, so there is a chance of them getting an inflated price. The other interested party is Italian Champions Juventus
But still, if we do sign RVP, I think we will be too heavily loaded up top. You have to play both Rooney and Van Persie, meaning that Shinji Kagwa would be shunted over to the left instead of playing in behind a lone striker. All the while, are midfield will still be looking light. Why not spend the £20M(ish) it will take to land the Dutchman, and spend it on a Luka Modric, or a Nuri Sahin or Javi Martinez. Someone who can dictate from deep. Someone younger, who will be able to help the Manchester United cause for many years to come, instead of a 28 year old, who has had only one very good season in his career, due to injuries.
I can't see him going to Juve. So if not Italy, it looks to be between us and City (Sounds familiar....). I don't think a move to City would be good for RVP, although his bank manager would beg to differ. He will face competition from Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Eden Dzeko and Carlos Tevez (Unless AC Milan land him). That is four top class strikers although one would surely depart if RVP were to follow Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy to Eastlands. Also, Roberto Mancini would have a right job on to keep the massive ego's in check.
Whaddya think? Can you see United wearing the red of Manchester United next season? Or will CIty or Juve triumph in securing RVP's signature?