Arsenal have reiterated that they will not sell star striker Robin van Persie to fierce Premier League rivals Manchester United, who were reported to have forged ahead in the three-horse race for the Dutchman.
United, along with city rivals Manchester City and reigning Serie A champions Juventus, are the contenders for Van Persie’s signature, but Wenger seems insistent on not doing business with the Red Devils, who have been the French manager’s biggest title rivals during his 16 years at the helm of the North London club.
That has left the door open for Manchester City to make a swoop for the player, with the Citizens now overwhelming favourites to capture Van Persie after Juventus apparently got priced out of a move.
However, Arsenal’s steep £30 million price tag for a 28-year old injury-prone player on the last year of his contract is still not sitting well with City, with their manager Roberto Mancini attempting to facilitate a move for the Dutch frontman by offloading some of his high-paid benchwarmers.
Van Persie returned to the Emirates earlier this week after enjoying an extended vacation due to his Euro 2012 commitments, and has demanded the Gunners to resolve his situation by the end of the week, when the squad is sue to fly out to the Far East for a pre-season tour.