Arsenal Transfers: Sir Alex Relying on Van Persie to Push for Move
Make no mistake, there is little that is contrived in Manchester United's dealings with the press.
Sir Alex Ferguson likes to keep an airtight lid on exactly what his players say and is calculated in the information that he himself makes public.
His comments earlier this week revealing his interest in Arsenal's want-away striker Robin van Persie were made with certain intent.
"We have made a bid and they [Arsenal] have been trying to negotiate with other clubs," claimed the United manager (via The Guardian).
"I don't have a gut feeling on it at the moment, I must admit. We're not getting any breakthrough with Arsenal. It's difficult to say why they're operating this way."
Unfortunately for some, it would be foolish to assume that now United have gone public with their interest, we are headed towards an inevitable transfer.
It is not at all difficult to say why Arsenal are "operating this way."
Manchester United are the last club in the world (except maybe Tottenham) that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to sell to, and would do all in his power to prevent it.
So in going public, Sir Alex is effectively making sure that the player is aware of his continued interest.
Will United sign RVP this summer?
Because make no mistake, the last thing United want is to have to pay close to £25 million for an injury-prone 29-year-old, however good he is.
But if van Persie and his representatives were to put added pressure on Arsenal to force through a move to Old Trafford, confirming his desire not to sign a new contract, perhaps there would be more progress.
Wayne Rooney's comments this week also spoke loud and clear to the Dutchman.
Rather than being potentially jealous of having to play alongside one of the biggest names in football, it seems he would relish the link up.
"He's a fantastic player, he's been amazing for Arsenal over many years," he told The Mirror.
"If he does come here he would be a great addition to the squad."
No doubt van Persie read these words and was assured that he would receive a friendly welcome should he move to United.
But the issue remains—Arsenal's price is believed to be £20 million, but for United, £25 million.
Perhaps they would rather let the contract run out before selling to their rivals, even if the Dutchman demanded to be sold to United, and United only.
But would Wenger want a sulking superstar in his new-look squad, even if it means spoiling Sir Alex's summer?
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