Robin van Persie and management of the Arsenal Gunners are in the midst of an epic contract negotiation.
The talented striker is commanding more money than the Gunners are prepared to give right now, but Arsenal management is prepared to lock Van Persie in next year by forcing him to play out the rest of his contract, according to The Sun.
Van Persie is due for a major payday. With Barcelona recently avoiding the opportunity to bid, Arsenal's stiffest competition seems to be notorious spenders Manchester City.
Let's take a look at Van Persie as a player and how he will cash in with the Gunners.
Van Persie's Skill
Van Persie enjoyed a dominant season in the English Premier League. He scored 30 goals, dished out nine assists and shot the ball 174 times in 38 matches.
He is a dynamic scoring presence with otherworldly vision in the open field. If Van Persie is given space to operate, he will embarrass any defender in his path.
Sure, Van Persie has dealt with his share of the injury bug, and some suspect he checks out of the game. But he is one of the most gifted offensive players in the game today.
Van Persie's game-changing presence at the formation will certainly command a steep price on the transfer market. It is just a matter of when we get to find out how much.
Arsenal knows Van Persie is their strongest offensive player. His skills command the money even though his demeanor, age and injury-plagued past may not.
Where He Winds Up
Van Persie and Arsenal will end their long, drawn-out financial dance with a freshly inked deal.
Expect both sides to play stubborn for a good while, but both sides know they already have the ideal situation.
Van Persie wants to feel wanted. He wants to feel the Arsenal higher-ups grant him star treatment and pursue him as such.
Arsenal may want to spend their money elsewhere. There are more affordable strikers, and they could also use a boost in the defensive midfield.
But strikers with Van Persie's skills do not grow on trees.
Losing Van Persie would devastate the Arsenal attack and force them to look elsewhere for Premier League victories.
Contract situations like this occur across the entire spectrum of the sporting world. Many times they resolve themselves, and this one will eventually.
Manchester City will have gobs of money to throw at Van Persie, but loyalty wins out.