News just in is that Barca has joined the race to acquire the services of one Robin Van Persie from Arsenal.
The Gunner, who wants out as he feels his club lacks ambition, is also being chased by Manchester City and Paris St Germain. Sources say that Man City will start the bidding war with 15 Million GBP on the table and one Barca source seems to think the summer transfer market will be a hot one!
The Dutchman scored a terrific amount of goals for his club last season, 37 in total but has refused to sit down and put pen to paper over a new deal with the North London club. The 28 year old striker is injury prone and therefore City are unlikely to offer for the player more than 20 Million.
A lot of Arsenal fans are ranting over this and feel that Van Persie is a traitor to the club who stuck by him through thick and thin. He has been constantly injured and on the bench and Arsenal have stood by him and last season the waiting paid off as RVP became the Premier League’s top scorer.
Fans feel he is sticking the boot into the club that nurtured his talents and many Gunner fans have vented their rage on social networks sites such as Twitter.
Barca seem prepared to sell David Villa to finance the deal while Paris St Germain with their Qatari owners with pockets full of cash do not have any problem shelling out for the striker.
On the plus side for Barca is Van Persie’s friendship with Fabregás who would relish teaming up with the Dutchman at the Nou Camp.
Basically, Van Persie says that the lack of silverware collected at Arsenal over the last seven years and a lack of ambition by the board has prompted his decision to leave. Ex Arsenal star Kolo Toure, who’s now at City, says that the Northern club can win trophies for many years and has hinted at joining him, much to the annoyance of the Gunners.
Kolo Toure said:
“City can stay at the top for many years.”
“We can compete with teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid. We have so many fantastic players who can help us do this.”
Obviously Arsenal will make it very difficult for the Dutchman to join any club that wants his services as was the Cesc Fabregás case, that was long winded and drawn out.