Robin Van Persie’s transfer to United has been confirmed by a reluctant Arsenal, as Fergie finally gets his man. Reports put the final fee at £23m, less than the London club had hoped for but still a healthy figure considering Van Persie was keen to leave and out of contract in 12 months.
Sir Alex Ferguson was uncharacteristically frank when talking about Van Persie early in the week and suggested that Arsenal were holding out for a higher fee. The game of brinkmanship appears to be over today as terms have been agreed.
This is a big moment for United. After their last two summers were characterised by frustration in the market, this year they can unveil one of the world’s best players. Robin Van Persie is unquestionably that with 30 league goals to his name last year and a host of match-winning displays under his belt.
The idea of a forward line containing the Dutchman and England star Wayne Rooney is enough to make even the most hardy defenders quiver. It marks departure however, from the clubs stated policy of not buying players over the age of 27. Van Persie was 29 last birthday, and also has a history with injury that could worry some.
Nonetheless, United have bought a terrific player, who chose the club over its rivals and is capable of winning matches on his own. Although Robin Van persie is not the midfielder many united fans feel the team needs, he represents a serious sign of intent. This season, Manchester United can be expected to play some pretty entertaining football.
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