Gunners’ striker Robin van Persie is destined to join Manchester United, in what was one of the longest transfer sagas of this year. The 29-year old Dutch international, who has only a year left in his contract at Arsenal, has agreed to sign a four-year contract with United. This is the first time since 1980 that a player has left Arsenal for Manchester United. Although neither club came out the financial details of the transfer, it is believed that the Old Trafford outfit have agreed to pay 22 million pounds for the Dutchman.
Arsenal had offered him a 130000 pound per week contract extension earlier this season. Had he signed the contract, he would have been the highest paid player in the club’s history. But he stunned the Emirates faithful, soon after Euro 2012, when he publicly declared his intention not to extend his contract and even went on to question the club’s ambitions. A host of clubs including City and Juventus were reported to be interested in the forward but it is said that the Dutchman preferred a move to Old Trafford.
During his eight years in North London, Van Persie has scored 132 goals in 278 appearances. Last season was a career high for him as he scored 37 goals in all competitions last season and was also declared the “Player of the season”. He has won many a game single-handedly and was instrumental in the Gunners securing a Champions League spot this season.
While his talent was never in question, his history with injuries makes one think that United have paid a bit too much to secure his services. However, if he stays fit, like he did last season, Sir Alex has one of the best attacking options in the league. With Rooney and Robin up-front, no defense is going to have an easy time against the Red Devils.
Robin is expected to travel to Manchester this week to agree personal terms and undergo a medical.
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