Manchester United have agreed a £24m deal to sign Arsenal striker Robin van Persie on a four-year contract. The 29-year-old Dutchman will meet with United in the next 48 hours to discuss personal terms and have a medical. Yep, an Arsenal star leaving and signing for Manchester United!
This comes on the waves of an announcement made on 4 July 2012, when Van Persie stated that he would not be signing a new contract with Arsenal. Since then the club has tried to negotiate with their top goal scorer & biggest star of the past few years to reconsider. The main reason being stated is that Robin wants the club to sign more quality players and enhance the chances to win silverware, of which there has been a huge dearth lately. Understandably the competitive player wants to win trophies and glories before he has to hang up his boots. Manchester United were the forerunners in trying to sign up the Dutch superstar. So yesterday Arsenal announced they had agreed terms with Manchester United for his transfer, but Van Persie has yet to agree personal terms with the club.
Wenger and Van Persie disagreed on their vision for the club, transfer activity and the team’s performance in the 2011-12 campaign. No contract was discussed and Van Persie joined the Dutch squad on 17 May to begin their preparations for Euro 2012. He announced he would not be extending his contract on 4 July and returned to training on 17 July, the same week he was the subject of bids from United, Manchester City and Juventus. All three offers fell short of Arsenal’s valuation – they were reluctant to enter formal negotiations until a bid exceeded £20m, and hoped to hold out for £25-30m. United, City and Juventus increased their offers but, of the three, United were the only side Van Persie would consider joining. He was not part of the Gunners squad that left on 21 July for a pre-season tour to Asia but did travel with them on 6 August for a week-long training camp in Germany.
It is understood Van Persie was encouraged by the arrivals of Germany forward Lukas Podolski, France striker Olivier Giroud and Spain midfielder Cazorla – to the point where he was open to the idea of staying with or without a new contract. But Wenger pulled him aside shortly before Sunday’s friendly victory over Cologne, told him he would be sold if a deal could be reached and informed the Dutchman he was no longer part of his plans. Van Persie is currently the top goal-scorer in the Premier League with 30 goals and Arsenal’s 8th all-time top scorer with 132 goals. I have always ranted against French coach Arsene Wenger’s failure to attract big name talent to the club; usually it is because he feels that the club can do better with lesser name players & youngsters who he can mold to fit the Arsenal style. As pretty as their fast attacking & passing game can be, it is damn frustrating if that does not leads to goals, wins and trophies. I’ve stated it before and I’ll say it again – great job for us so far Wenger but I think it’s high time the club moved on and got us a new coach with a different attitude. If RVP goes, so should Wenger.