Arsenal's Robin van Persie looks set to finally transfer, and will come at a high price.
Arsenal's star forward Robin van Persie wants to move on. Although seemingly desiring transfer away from Arsenal each year, the lefty has made clear that this year he is truly ready for a change of scenery.
Just one season removed from scoring 38 goals (30 in English Premier League competition), van Persie will seek a massive financial reward for his level of play. To date, three teams have been legitimately in the running to make such an offer, including EPL rivals Manchester City and Manchester United. Italy's Juventus in the Serie A league has been in the mix as well.
Van Persie is a highly touted scorer that was generally considered to be the most informed striker in EPL play last season. However, his performance fell flat in the 2012 Euros, as he was unable to lead the Netherlands to even a single victory.
In fact, the Netherlands didn't record a point in the tournament standings after losing three straight to Denmark, Germany and Portugal.
Whether their failure was due to van Persie's missed chances is up for debate; he certainly turned in a lackluster performance.
Despite his failure to carry the Netherlands team in the Euros, Arsenal feels justified in asking for as much as €30 million for their star.
Who can afford to make that kind of transfer?
At this point, Manchester United seems to be the front-runner (via Bill Mann with the First Post). Arsenal has lowered its asking price to €22 million, which is a considerable compromise. Conveniently, Manchester United just missed out on agreeing to a contract with Brazilian prodigy Lucas Moura.
Moura would have cost Manchester United as much as €35 million. For that reason, the 19-year-old star will play alongside new addition Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Paris St. Germain next season. As a result, they have the financial ability to make the move for RVP.
It appears that van Persie will depart Arsenal to join ranks with Man United star Wayne Rooney, and who could blame him? Such an addition would set the Red Devils on a comparable level with top-tier EPL favorite Manchester City.
Man U's upcoming season and potential for dominance depends on it. After disappointing international play, there is reason for uncertainty about the current level of van Persie's excellence.
Assuming van Persie transfers, which version of the star will we see? The consensus best striker with 30 EPL goals? Or will van Persie's talent not be enough to vault Manchester United to the top of EPL?
I look forward to watching RVP and Rooney figure it out.