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Mancini Hints At Van Persie Move

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has once again hinted he may make a move for Arsenal striker Ronin van Persie this summer. Find out more details here

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has once again hinted at a move for Arsenal striker Ronin van Persie.

Van Persie has only one year left on his current contract and has so far stalled on signing an extension, despite talks with manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis at the end of last season. report that Man City are monitoring the strikers situation and Mancini has been talking up the 30-goal hitman, describing him as “top-class”, and spoke openly about the 28-year-old’s situation.

Mancini was quizzed about bringing in a new striker this summer and the Italian confirmed he will buy but only if one of his current crop of forwards leaves, amid reports that Eden Dzeko could be set to depart the Etihad Stadium this summer. Mancini failed to deny the rumours surrounding the Bosnian, but did assure supporters that Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli would stay at the club this summer, while Carlos Tevez will also remain as long as he doesn’t ask for a transfer.

Mancini is quoted by as saying:

“We will sign a striker if one of our forwards will leave.”

“Van Persie is a top-class player. His situation is different than the [Gael] Clichy and [Samir] Nasri ones, when we signed them. It was difficult to keep them at London for [Arsene] Wenger.

“It’s impossible to sign [Edinson] Cavani at his current price, Van Persie it’s different. Cavani has everything. I wanted him when I was at Inter and he didn’t score so many goals.”

“I forgive Tevez and his goals were useful for the title. He will stay at City if he does not ask to be sold. Balotelli will stay for sure,” he added.

“[Sergio] Aguero still hasn’t taken advantage of his whole potential. If he will listen me, he will become like [Lionel] Messi, able to score one or two goals per match.”

The former Inter Milan boss went on to give a further hint of a move for Van Persie by saying that although they would prefer to buy youngster players, they could still be tempted to go for a more experienced head.

“We prefer to buy young players, 22-23 aged. But now we could also choose some experienced players,” he explained.

Arsenal are doing their best to persuade RVP to remain at the Emirates but any decision over the strikers future won’t be made until after this summers European championships. However, Arsene Wenger is unlikely to be impressed by the Man City manager openly talking about one of his star players in the press again.

Where do you think RVP will be playing next season? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. Cass

    June 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Couldn’t care less anymore, it always the same every season with Arsenal, they just can’t keep their star players, we are the feeder club for the so call elite clubs – it make me SICK!

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  3. Danny

    June 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I am an Arsenal fan with some reason to believe that van Persie must go. I watched every single match of Arsenal. I saw how many opportunities he has wasted, right in front of the posts, and, he scored that goals because that ball was provided in such a way that he only had to put it in. How many times did he just wasted must goals? He cannot score from 5 m or further, he had get an opportunistic chance to succeed. Bye RvP, WELCOME Podolski. Take Walcott with you.

    • Gunners Gooners

      June 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      So true. Like in the match against AC Milan. Rosicky’s goal was harder and that was there for him on a plate. Why would he try chip Abbiati?! Sure, we’d have Barcelona next, but we could get lucky and beat them, like Chelsea, and then win against Bayern, I think we could do that with no luck involved, then it would be Chelsea/Real vs Arsenal. We’d beat Chelsea easily, possibly lucky against Real.

  4. H

    June 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Man City could buy anyone they want money talks but lets get real 1 Billion to win a cup just like chelsea gone through 8 managers plus spent 1 billion to win a cup how can anyone in there right mind take these clubs as footballing greats no way lets see Manciini manage swansea he wouldn’t get anywhere its like me buying a F1 car to race a mini!!!!! plus if the likes of spurs and arsenal who have a wage structure gets blow away by Man City or Chelsea offering triple the wages who wouldn’t go. But lets names player were there career has nearly been destroyed Scot parker when chelsea brought him Laluka ..adam johnson deko adebeyor plus many more these clubs are a joke and are destroying the game

    • Hatchet Man

      June 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      you bitter jealous joke

      • Ernest

        June 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        You are as pathetic as the demons that has invaded the premiership.

  5. shaheer

    June 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    dannymy friend yo are a dumbass clearly u dont watc any arsenal games as u dont know only van persie carried us to our current position!

    • Gunners Gooners

      June 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      You have to be grateful for what Van Persie had done for the club. But towards the end of the season, Walcott and Benayoun done well. Song’s passes were better than RvP’s finishes. Koscielny and Vermaelan are bricks at the back, being amazing in that position as a duo. Sczesesny (or however you spell it) done well in goal, with Gibbs developing into that LB position, and Sagna doing his usual duty in RB. Rosicky, Song and Arteta. Just wow. Rosicky and Song for their passing, Arteta for his finishing. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a reliant substitute. You know if you put him on, he’ll perform well. Strange to think that an 18 year old is a player we’d have to rely on.

  6. Ernest

    June 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    To be sincere fellow gunners, I am seriously pissed with this RVP saga. Much as Arsenal will attempt to alter the wage structure, we will not loose our football discipline and go after ” stolen and unaccounted for ” oil money. We can sign very good players at reasonable wages and win trophies. Players who were not very outstanding are now insulting our club because they have some lazy and unproductive managers who cannot groom a single player in thier entire coaching career. It’s a shame. Period.

    • Pius G. Chomo

      June 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Ernest, I totally agree with your views. End of story.

  7. Ernest

    June 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    How times did AW make public statements on Podoski b4 we eventually signed him. Macini should grow up. Expect him to boast of his ability to manage “talents” like Ballotili and Teves than picking finished products of other managers effort. Hiding under the ” power” of money is a shame.

    • Hatchet Man

      June 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      get some tissues to cry into

  8. nii

    June 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    hi Mr RVP, if you have to leave Arsenal then chose any team apart from Man City…

  9. Rafa

    June 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    U vry ryt eenest.. Datz jst d fact

  10. mystic

    June 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Jesus will you let RvP guys get serious.

    If you want to win silverware you add new quality to existing, NOT to replace.

    Those of you being agreeable to seeing the back of RvP remember if he goes and then Arsenal fail to win silverware next season, that you have managed to get what you argued for.

  11. stephen

    June 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    let any that wants. Even if say west b or mc, but but need experience players and luck 2 c trough bham’ beat us and go 2 championship was their better than ours

  12. Gunners Gooners

    June 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    He’s gonna be a dick head like Nasri, Clichy, Toure and Adebayor and go to City. Let’s just hope he doesn’t kick Podolski in the face, like Adebayor kicked Van Persie

    He’ll go for the money and use the excuse: “I want to win trophies” when City were lucky to win the Premier league, it should’ve been another trophyless season for them too.

  13. Gunners Gooners

    June 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Also, could I just say, City, PSG and Anzhi are killing football. They can sign just about anyone. Thanks to that Uefa rule, City don’t have Messi!

  14. Jong Bokkos Pl

    June 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    God! RVP should not leaf my dear arsenal! cos we need valuable players like. wat we want, more attackers $ difenders

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