There is a sensational report this morning in the English newspaper The Times that says that the Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has already agreed personal terms to join Roberto Mancini’s Man City team this summer.
Arsene Wenger said this week that no more of his players would be moving to the Etihad stadium after losing Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy last summer, but he also admitted that it all depends on whether Van Persie agrees to sign a contract extension at the Emirates.
The report goes on to say that City have agreed to make Van Persie the highest paid player in the Premiership with £210,000 a week (double what Arsenal are reported to be prepared to offer) to be funded by removing Carlos Tevez from the payroll when he moves on at the end of the season.
Roberto Mancini has already said that Man City would obviously be interested in a striker of Van Persie’s calibre, and there are skeptics that may suggest that Arsenal would not have been so keen to tie up a deal for Lukas Podolski unless they already knew that they would be cashing in on the prolific Dutchman and would need to appease the Arsenal fans very quickly when he leaves.
The big worry for Arsenal fans is that this year’s scenario with Van Persie is EXACTLY the same as Samir Nasri’s last summer when Wenger was totally adamant that he wouldn’t be leaving no matter what, but was then forced to let him go at an inflated price to City. Surely he couldn’t let it happen all over again this time around?