Manchester City Set to Make Bid for Arsenal Striker Robin Van Persie

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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Despite winning the Premier League title, Manchester City are still looking to make major waves in the transfer market, with Robin van Persie as the next target.

The Daily Mail and The Telegraph are both reporting that City will make an official bid for the Dutch striker.

For Arsenal supporters, this means it could be another summer of high drama. The protracted transfer of Cesc Fabregas dominated the last two summer transfer windows, and then last year there was the shock departure of Samir Nasri to Manchester.

Transfer rumors have been swirling around van Persie as he only has one year left on his contract at Arsenal.

The club has reportedly offered him a new contract worth £150,000 a week, but nothing has been officially signed, with the striker keeping his option open. The Daily Mail speculates that City could offer wages of more than £200,000 a week.

Many clubs, including Barcelona and Juventus, have shown interest in van Persie, but City would be the first club to formalize the interest.

Van Persie is coming off arguably the best season of his career. He won the Golden Boot in the Premier League after scoring 30 goals in 37 league games, adding another five goals in eight Champions League matches.

So far, the summer has been nothing but positive for Arsenal. Lukas Podolski has arrived at the Emirates, with Olivier Giroud and Yann M'Vila possibly joining him.

Losing van Persie could prove crippling to Arsenal. There was no more important player to his club than the Dutchman.

And you have to wonder how many players like Fabregas, Nasri, Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Adebayor can leave before Arsenal begins to struggle in the league.

Arsene Wenger last year continued in delivering Champions League football to the Emirates, but that wouldn't have been possible without van Persie.

It would also be dispiriting for all those involved with the club—players, supporters and management—to watch another star player leave the club in search of trophies.

The way this transfer shakes out could prove to be a defining moment for the remainder of Wenger's reign as Arsenal manager.