Blues to step up RVP chase?
- Thu 05 Jul 2012, 9:02AM
- Posted by David Clayton
With the Press linking City with Robin van Persie for so long, it’s inevitable that the story has gone into overdrive given the events of yesterday.
With Van Persie telling Arsenal he wasn’t going to sign a new contract, leaving just 12 months to run down on his current deal, the indications are the PFA Player of the Year wants to leave Arsenal.
With the Blues’ boss Roberto Mancini a known admirer of the Dutchman, today’s papers are full of reports suggesting the Gunners’ skipper is heading for the Etihad Stadium.
Whether is any truth in all of this remains to be seen, but that won’t stop the speculation or rumour mill continuing to churn.
Almost all the reports quote Van Persie’s official statement on his personal website, so we’ll focus on one feature that pretty much covers everything – Martin Hardy’s feature in The Independent.He writes: “Manchester City and Juventus lead the chase for Robin van Persie after the Arsenal striker admitted he would not be signing a contract extension to stay at the Emirates Stadium as the club didn't match his ambition.
“Juventus have already had an £8m offer turned down for the 28-year-old while City manager Roberto Mancini has repeatedly expressed his desire to sign the forward.
“Manchester City are believed to be prepared to pay around £20m for the Dutch forward, but may have to offload at least two of their current forwards to hasten a deal.
The outburst from Van Persie, delivered on his own website at tea-time yesterday, criticised Arsène Wenger, the manager, and chief executive Ivan Gazidis and the direction Arsenal, who have not won a domestic trophy since 2005, are taking
"’I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days,’ he said.
"’I have kept quiet all this time out of respect and loyalty for the club and as agreed with Mr Gazidis and Mr Wenger, but since there is so much speculation in the media, I think it is fair for you guys to know what's really going on at the moment.
"’As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the boss and Mr Gazidis after the season. This was a meeting about the club's future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.
"’Out of my huge respect for Mr Wenger, the players and the fans I don't want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward.
"’I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract. You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions.’”
No doubt this story will run and run…