Manchester City have ‘provisionally agreed a contract’ with Arsenal’s Robin van Persie, according to a report in The National.
The Abu-Dhabi based broadsheet claims that a deal has already been struck with van Persie, who will be paid £10.9 million per year, making him the Premier League’s highest earner.
The Dutchman has enjoyed the season of his life, scoring 32 goals in 37 appearances this campaign. His form has caught the eye of many of Europe’s top clubs, including AC Milan and Manchester City.
Roberto Mancini will be keen to bolster his attack if as expected, Carlos Tevez departs this summer. If van Persie does make the move to Eastlands, he will be making the journey down a well-trodden path.
Ex-Gunners Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy have all made the switch from London to Manchester.
Despite this latest development, Arsene Wenger remains defiant. In an interview with The Daily Mail, the Frenchman put it simply by saying:
“We will not sell Robin van Persie to Manchester City”.
Although this will be encouraging for Gunners fans, Wenger was similarly opposed to Samir Nasri’s departure last summer, and for all his remonstrations, Wenger could not hold onto one of his best players.
If Arsenal fail to agree a new contract with RVP very soon, they may as well cash in on him this summer or risk losing him for free in 2013.
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