Manchester United Agree Fee For Van Persie
It looks as though the long-protracted transfer rumours concerning the future of Arsenal striker Robin van Persie have finally come to an end after it was reported that Manchester United had agreed a fee for the Dutchman yesterday.
Having seen initial offers of £15 million and £20 million rebuffed by Arsenal, United have now had a £24 million bid accepted for the striker, who will sign a four-year contract with them provided he can agree personal terms and complete a medical.
The deal with see United pay £22.5 million up front for the player, with a further £1.5 million bonus payment going to Arsenal should they win the Premier League or Champions League during Van Persie’s first four years with the North-West club.
Having initially stated that he would not be signing a new contract with Arsenal due to a difference in opinion over the team’s direction, reports have suggested that Van Persie was so enthused by the club’s summer signings that he was willing to discuss a deal.
However, with Arsenal having brought in Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla to pre-empt the Dutchman’s departure, manager Arsene Wenger is thought to have taken Van Persie to one side and told him he was no longer in the club’s future plans.
The news will nevertheless come as a blow to Arsenal fans, who witnessed Van Persie score 37 goals in all competitions last season in his most successful campaign yet – and losing a player to a Premier League rival is certain to rankle with those who question Wenger’s title ambitions this season.