At 10.30 tomorrow morning, Arsene Wenger will sit down with Robin van Persie and chief executive Ivan Gazidis to begin discussions about the future playing career of the 28-year old Dutch master. Of course, Arsenal are desperate to keep their captain who added two player of the year awards to his Premier league Golden Boot. With just a year left on his current deal, Arsenal will need to tie Van Persie to the club or risk letting another top player finish his contract and leave on a free transfer.
It is thought that the Gunners will offer the star striker a resigning payment of £5 million plus a weekly wage of around £130,000. Italian newspaper La Stampa has reported that van Persie’s agent Kees Vos held talks with representatives of Juventus at a hotel in Turin on Friday, during which they offered a four year deal worth £6 million per year. Juventus have just been crowned Italian champions but look set to lose their long standing striker Alessandro Del Piero.
Manchester City are rumoured to be willing to offer van Persie a staggering £250,000 per week but Arsenal do not want to lose him, especially to a league rival. The Gunners, according to Metro, would demand a transfer fee in the region of £25 million. The player’s family are happy where they are and are keen for him to stay at Arsenal. Let’s hope he listens to them.