Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly grown frustrated with the lengthy debacle surrounding star striker Robin van Persie's future club, scheduling a meeting with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before the new Premier League season begins this weekend.
The wantaway Dutchman had previously made clear his intentions of leaving Arsenal in order to add some silverware to his trophy cabinet, and when Manchester City stated their interest, it was believed that RvP would be more than happy with swapping Arsenal for last year's Premier League winners.
But City were not the only club who were ready to make a move for the striker – rivals Manchester United and Italian club Juventus also put in bids, but at £15million each they were way below Wenger's starting price of £25m.
However, Wenger is allegedly now reconsidering Van Persie's price tag, after his club's 4-0 friendly victory against Cologne saw the Arsenal fans boo and jeer him, instead opting to cheer for new signing Lukas Podolski.
Wenger is said to not want to keep a player at the club who doesn't want to be there and who is also disliked by the fans, but with only a few days to go before the start of the new season, he is now being pushed to make a final decision on RvP's future.
Ferguson has already made clear that he will not improve upon his initial bid, but with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini already informing the media that he has given up with his pursuit of the striker, Wenger's only other option seems to be Juventus.
City's Vincent Kompany has stated his wish to lure Van Persie to the blues despite his boss having given up the ghost, saying: "It's very easy to say you want to play next to Robin van Persie. He's a great player. He's proved it so many times last season and any team he would play for he'd make it stronger."
However, United's Wayne Rooney has also made clear that he would like the Dutchman to join him up front for the Red Devils, saying: "He's a player that I admire. He’s a fantastic player, he's been amazing for Arsenal over many years. Last season was probably his best season of all, he scored a lot of goals. If he does come here he would be a great addition to the squad."
Van Persie is likely to want to stay in England and continue his impressive Premier League form, and with Ferguson speaking directly to Wenger concerning the potential move, United are undeniably the front-runners to lure him away from the Emirates. Although it will be difficult for Wenger and Arsenal to admit defeat and pass over their greatest player to their rivals, the hostile reception RvP received at Cologne is indicative that Arsenal is no longer his home.
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