Manchester City is officially out of the race for Robin van Persie, and that should be music to the Dutch striker's ears.
City manager Roberto Mancini told the Daily Mail on Friday that his club was done pursuing van Persie, saying that he would either stay at Arsenal or join rival Manchester United and hinted his displeasure with the front office's work this summer.
"Van Persie is not our player. He is an Arsenal or United player."
"These questions you should ask other people. I don't know what I can say. After three or four months... nothing." - Mancini told the Daily Mail
While Manchester City was smart to pursue the hottest player in the Premier League, it's apparent that their need for him is minimal at best due to their massive flock of superstar players.
There's no place for van Persie in Manchester City, even though he'd immediately be a top player in the club. His best chance to continue his trend toward excellence is either staying put at Arsenal, or joining the Red Devils.
Manchester United has much more of a need to build off of elite talent than City, and they could integrate van Persie very well alongside world-class striker Wayne Rooney. While it wouldn't necessarily be easy to keep both stars happy, the pay-offs could be enormous.
United has emerged as the most serious contender for van Persie, and Sir Alex Ferguson must be giddy at Mancini's latest comments. The nightmare of glory avoiding them last season at the hands of City will become a distant memory if he lands the 29-year-old.
We can't forget Juventus as a major contender to land the likes of van Persie, either. They've been linked to him many times over the last month.
Despite a blatant public statement indicating that he wasn't interested in re-signing with Arsenal, van Persie hasn't completely disbanded himself from Emirates, and his chances of returning to his current club remain high.
If he chooses to stay, van Persie can stay on his perch as the guy at Arsenal while having a growing flock of talent surrounding him. Despite his comments, he can't disagree that Arsenal have had one of the strongest transfer windows and summers of any club, save for Paris Saint-Germain.
After having such an insane year statistically with the Gunners, it's almost certain he could score more goals with Arsenal than with City.
Although it wasn't RVP's choice to have Manchester City removed from contention, he'll be happy it happened in the long run.
Steven Cook is a TNT breaking news writer and Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter to keep up with the latest soccer news and analysis.
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