The interest has grown so much from Old Trafford that manager Sir Alex Ferguson was rumored to have skipped the club's preseason match in Hannover in order to wrap a deal with the Gunners for their talented striker (per The Daily Mail).
It does seem that Ferguson remained in England to plot his move for the striker—with ESPN Soccernet reporting that the veteran manager worked with chief executive David Gill to finalize a deal that they could put forward to Van Persie:
Ferguson stayed in England to help Red Devils chief executive David Gill work on a deal to bring Van Persie to Old Trafford. Gill has been in London negotiating with the Gunners this weekend, with United having already had a £15 million offer rejected for the PFA and Football Writers' Association's Player of the Year.
United are likely to have to increase that to £20 million to persuade Arsenal to sell Van Persie, whose contract expires next summer....
The official reason given for the absence of Ferguson, who also missed last weekend's friendly against Valerenga in Norway, was that he was on "other club business".
The Dutch international is expected to line up for his current club—Arsenal—in their preseason match against Cologne this weekend, and then for the Netherlands during next week, but as far as his playing future looks beyond that could well be anyone's guess.
United are clearly interested in signing the talented striker for the upcoming English Premier League season and have beaten off all other competition to sit in the pole position to land him, should he make a move this summer.
However, with Arsenal seeming to fight back for their prized possession and hold firm on their current valuation, a deal between the two parties may well break down.
It truly is a fifty-fifty split at the moment, and whilst I'm leaning towards a move to Old Trafford taking place, it's a very tentative yes for now.
Do you think Robin van Persie will make a move to Old Trafford?
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