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Manchester United bid for Van Persie rejected

Manchester United have had a bid for Robin Van Persie rejected by Arsenal. The Dutch striker has made it clear that he wants to leave the Emirates, after suggesting that the club’s ambition does not match his own.

Arsenal have set the price at £20 million and United, knowing Van Persie only has one year remaining on his contract, have not matched that figure. Manchester City and Juventus are also interested, and City are unlikely to be deterred by the asking price.

Van Persie has been with Arsenal for eight years since joining from Feyenoord in 2004. Last season was his finest in a red shirt. He scored 37 goals for the club and was named as the PFA and Football Writers' player of the year.

At the beginning of July, Van Persie made it clear that he disagreed with the club’s continued policy of developing younger players rather than making major signings in the transfer market. Van Persie has been frustrated by Arsenal’s lack of trophies in recent seasons and believes his best chance of honours will come from leaving.

Van Persie’s desire to leave means the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will not make prolonged attempts to retain him. The Dutchman is unlikely to be included in Arsenal’s squad for their pre-season tour of Malaysia, as Arsenal await offers for the player. The Arsenal manager would prefer the player not to go to one of the club’s Premier League rivals. With little interest from Europe though, Manchester still seems Van Persie’s likeliest destination.

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