Latest Man United transfer news and rumours: Van Persie
Gentlemen, it’s finally over. After months of rumour and speculation Alex Ferguson at last lands his marquee signing from rivals Arsenal, Dutch striker Robin Van Persie, in a £22.5m deal, as reported by every newspaper in circulation.
The saga had been dragging its heels after several twists and turns, but it has been understood that Van Persie pushed for the move after a final disagreement with Arsene Wenger on transfer policy, with the Arsenal manager reluctantly accepting the lucrative bid from United.
Wenger insists he had no option but to sell van Persie because he had just a year left on his current deal and he had already refused to sign a new deal.
“He is at Manchester United, unfortunately for us. The transfer was finalised in the afternoon,” said Wenger whilst working for French TV station TF1 on Wednesday.
“It’s never great to lose players of that quality but he only had a year contract so we do not have a choice.”
Wenger then stated that he had already signed Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski to cover for van Persie’s departure.