Arsenal rejects Man United, Juventus and City’s bids for van Persie
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has confirmed the club’s bid for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.
Robin van Persie
Ferguson says United is aware other clubs are interested in the player, but adds, “we’ve shown an interest and that’s where we’re at at the moment.” However Arsenal has rejected these bids for now.
His comments were posted on the club’s website on Friday.
Juventus and Manchester City have been among the bidders for the Netherlands striker, who announced earlier this month that he would not extend his Arsenal contract because of a disagreement over the club’s future strategy.
According the Guardian, The Manchester clubs’ offers were pitched at around £12m while Juventus’ was lower at £8m for a player who turns 29 next month and has 12 months to run on a contract that he does not intend to renew.
The same report also quotes Ferguson as saying, “Obviously, Arsenal have given out the fact that we’ve made a bid for him. We try to keep business as close as possible to us until the moment we conclude a deal.”
According to the BBC, however, it appears that Arsenal has rejected the bid as it falls short of their expectations. The report says that Arsenal won’t entertain any formal negotiations until a bid exceeds £20m and they are hopeful of holding out for £25-30m.
van Persie scored 37 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season. van Persie said that he had held talks about his future with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis and manager Arsene Wenger before the European Championship “but … it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal should move forward.”