It’s inevitable – you score 35 goals in 36 games in a calendar year and the richest club in the world are certain to come calling! Manchester City boss, Roberto Mancini has made Arsenal’s Robin van Persie his prime target following the Dutchman’s hot-streak of form in 2011, reports the Daily Mirror.
While City are flying high in the Premiership and still have two domestic cups to compete for, they look certain to fail in their first attempt at the Champions League by falling at the first hurdle. Although big-spending owner, Sheikh Mansour may accept defeat in Europe’s biggest prize this time around in return for domestic success, he will corroborate his determined approach to make City the world’s best team by launching a bid for The Gunner’s star man.
The 28 year-old has 18-months remaining on his current deal at The Emirates and talks over a new contract have reportedly broken down leaving Arsenal susceptible to a big-money approach as Mancini aims to replace Argentine rebel, Carlos Tevez. The Citizens have also been linked with Napoli striker Edison Cavani who impressed by scoring three goals in two Champions League group games against City, but the flying Dutchman is Mancini’s number 1 target and will reportedly offer him a massive £200,000 a-week.
City, who were also linked with van Persie in September, are unlikely to make a move for the striker in January. Arsene Wenger will undoubtedly do anything he can to fend-off approaches for his goal-machine but Sheikh Mansour’s bottom-less pit of money is sure to come out on top eventually.
The Dutchman has only one FA Cup medal to show for his 8 years service under Arsene Wenger so a move to a team on-the-up, aiming for world domination and offering him one last pay-day is certain to turn van Persie’s head.
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