Podolski set to get Van Persie jersey
ARSENAL have given the strongest hint yet that they are prepared to sell Robin van Persie after omitting to designate a squad number yesterday to Lukas Podolski, their new £11m signing from Cologne, writes JEREMY WILSON.
Van Persie was again listed as No 10 in the list and, despite allocating numbers for the rest of the squad, the club said that the shirt number of Podolski, who is also a striker, was "yet to be confirmed." The German wears the No 10 shirt for his country and had it at Cologne.
Arsene Wenger has left Van Persie out of Arsenal's pre-season tour of Asia and the club are now ready to sell him, providing their minimum valuation of £20m is met.
Juventus, Manchester United and Manchester City have all had bids rejected; Juve may now try to sign Edin Dzeko instead. The departure of Dzeko would help Roberto Mancini free up some of City's wage bill and generate funds for a potential Van Persie deal.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are close to completing a £16m deal with Malaga for Spain winger Santi Cazorla. (© Daily Telegraph, London)