Interest in Robin van Persie appears to be rising after eerily silent fortnight
Manchester United have been revealed as one of three clubs to have submitted unsuccessful bids for Robin van Persie, with Manchester City and Juventus also eager to sign him this summer.
The Arsenal captain confirmed a fortnight ago that he has decided not to extend his contract at the club, having disagreed with the vision described by Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis in a recent meeting.
The lack of immediate interest hinted that last season’s Premier League top scorer wasn’t proving as popular as he expected, however both the BBC and Sky Sports report that Arsenal have rejected three offers.
The Gunners are thought to be holding out for a sum between £25 million and £30 million, a rather optimistic valuation given that he is out of contract next year.
It is difficult to see anyone, besides perhaps Manchester City because they can afford to take the hit, opting to pay such a large fee for a player soon to turn 29 and thus lacking resale value, especially as he has struggled with injuries in the past.
As impressive as the Dutch striker was in taking the PFA player of the year and FWA footballer of the year awards last term, it was his first campaign of such sustained brilliance and the only time he had made more than 24 Premier League starts. He was also unable to sparkle for Holland at Euro 2012.
There are rumours that Arsenal will soon announce van Persie’s absence from their Far East tour as they try to resolve his future, a move that would suggest that they are leaning towards selling him.
With it alleged that van Persie isn’t keen on playing in Italy, it appears increasingly likely that the forward will remain in the Premier League next season wherever he ends up, and he is 10/1 to be top scorer again.
Next club: Manchester City 6/5, Manchester United 11/8, Juventus 4/1, Real Madrid 16/1, Barcelona 20/1