Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Arsenal agree to sell Van Persie to Man United

Arsenal have agreed
terms to sell their captain Robin van Persie
to Manchester United, the two Premier
League rivals said on their websites on
Wednesday.

The Dutch striker, voted the league's player
of the year last season, will travel to
Manchester on Thursday to discuss personal
terms and complete a medical ahead of the
proposed move to Old Trafford.

No financial details were immediately
available from the clubs. Media reports said
United would pay 24 million pounds for Van
Persie who is poised to sign a four-year
contract with them.

The 29-year-old, who had also attracted
interest from the Premier League champions
Manchester City and Juventus, said last
month he would not extend his contract at
Arsenal. He had one year left on his deal after eight years with the
club.

Van Persie scored 37 goals last season as Arsenal finished third in
the league and reached the last 16 of the Champions League. But
the club have not won a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup final defeat
of United.

At Old Trafford Van Persie would link up with England striker
Wayne Rooney as Alex Ferguson's team try to take the title back
from their city rivals. United have made only one major signing
since the end of last season, Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa
joining from German champions Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was keen to avoid a repeat of the
tumultuous start to last season when protracted transfer
speculation swirled around their then captain Cesc

Fabregas and
his fellow midfielder Samir Nasri.
Fabregas moved to Barcelona in mid-August and Nasri was sold to
Manchester City nine days later. Before the end of the month
Arsenal had suffered an 8-2 hammering by United at Old Trafford.

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