08 March 2012

Manchester City, Barça's rival bid for Van Persie

Mancini will attempt to sign the Dutch if the Gunners fail to convince the Dutch to stay.

Roberto Mancini, coach of Manchester City, would be interested in signing Robin Van Persie Arsenal if attempts to convince the forward to stay not bear fruit. The Dutchman, 28, and sought among others for the club, has scored a total of 32 goals in all competitions this season.

Mancini claims that Van Persie makes the same path as did the former gunners Clichy, Nasri and Kolo Touré, who already wear the colors of the City: "If there is a good player who is willing to leave the club, we are interested. All the big clubs are interested in Van Persie, who is one of the greatest scorers in Europe alongside Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Aguero or Balotelli. it is a fantastic striker, but I think he will stay at Arsenal, "said Mancini. "I think, as also the next Arsenal wants to win the Premier League, that will run out leaving because it's their best player by far." (via MD)