Wednesday 17 January 2018

Manchester United join neighbours City and Juventus in race for Arsenal’s Robin van Persie

MANCHESTER United, Manchester City and Juventus are locked in a three-way battle today to sign Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.

Press Association Sport understands the clubs have all declared their interest in buying want-away striker Van Persie but have so far failed to meat the Gunners' valuation of the 28-year-old.

United, City and Juve are said to be happy to pay somewhere in the region of £15million but Arsenal are thought to be demanding in excess of £20million for their star player.

The Gunners are said to be prepared to hold out for more than £25million for Van Persie, who they appear to have all but given up trying to convince to sign a new deal at the Emirates Stadium to replace the one that expires next summer.

They will announce this afternoon whether last season's Barclays Premier League top scorer will join them on their pre-season Asia tour, which they leave for tomorrow.

According to widespread reports, manager Arsene Wenger will opt against including Van Persie, who this month went public with his desire to quit the club.

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