Manchester United Steal Van Persie from Arsenal

The Arsenal striker IS heading to Man U.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

After weeks of debate concerning which club Robin van Persie would choose to spend the upcoming season with, it has finally been confirmed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson have negotiated a £22million deal for the striker to transfer to the Red Devils.

An official statement from Arsenal said: "Arsenal Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Robin van Persie to Manchester United.

"Van Persie will travel to Manchester on Thursday in order to agree personal terms and complete a medical ahead of the proposed move."

Manchester United also released a statement, saying: "Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached agreement with Arsenal Football Club for the transfer of Robin van Persie."

"The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course."

The 29-year-old was the subject of the bigger transfer saga of the season, with Manchester United, Manchester City and Italian club Juventus all vying for his considerable talents. As the last Premier League season's top goalscorer, Ferguson will hope that the Dutchman can help his club take back the League trophy from bitter rivals Man City.

It was said that Wenger was refusing to give up hope on keeping his star player, but after a recent friendly against FC Koln in which fans greeted Van Persie with a chorus of boo's, he deemed it illogical to keep player who not only wanted to leave the club, but had also fell out of favour with the supporters.

Arsenal have replaced Van Persie with Lukas Pidolski, who made an impression in the FC Koln match after scoring 2 goals. RvP will now link up with Wayne Rooney, last season's second highest goalscorer.

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