Rumors are continuing that Robin van Persie could leave Manchester United and return to Arsenal this summer. After eight years with the Gunners, Van Persie joined United in the summer of 2012 and promptly fired his new club to the Premier League title.
But things have not gone smoothly since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and appointment of David Moyes. Van Persie has had two spells out of the side with injury, amid reports that the 30-year-old is unhappy with his new manager’s training methods.
Speculation emerged last month that a meeting had taken place between Arsene Wenger and Van Persie’s agent, with both parties said to be keen on a reunion. The Daily Mail has now claimed that, if Van Persie was to leave Old Trafford, his preferred move would be a return to the Emirates Stadium.
Even if true, there are still major obstacles to any deal. Most notably, United are thought to be willing to stubbornly resist any attempt by Van Persie to exit the club, as they did with Wayne Rooney last summer. The idea of selling to a close rival would surely bring even greater opposition. Then there is the matter of Van Persie’s wages, believed to be over £200,000 a week.
A new striker seems certain to feature high on Wenger’s list of priorities in the next transfer window. Loic Remy is believed to be one of the players under strong consideration. The France international has scored 13 Premier League goals thus far for Newcastle United during his season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers. While Newcastle have repeatedly declared their interest in signing him on a permanent deal, they have also intimated their fear that a bigger club will tempt him away. The Sunday People has reported that Arsenal could well do that, with Wenger keen to exploit an £8 million clause in Remy’s contract.
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Elsewhere, Arsenal have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid creator Arda Turan. According to the Daily Express, the Turkey international is being targeted as a long-term replacement for Tomas Rosicky. Arda’s agent, Ahmet Bulut, relayed that his client would one day consider a move to the Gunners, but that he has no plans to leave high-flying Atletico any time soon.
“He is interested in working under Arsene Wenger and Arda would like to play in England,” he said, according to the Express.
"Arda will not leave Atletico. They are part of the title race and he is a key player. Arda plays for a big club and he will be part of Atletico's success. We have received offers from English clubs. However, for now I would like to insist once more that Arda renewed his contract recently and wants to stay at Atletico."
Arsenal’s need for attacking reinforcements will be increased if, as is being suggested, Lukas Podolski departs the Emirates this summer. The Daily Mirror is among the publications reporting on interest in the Germany international from Italian giants Internazionale. There is no word, though, on whether Arsenal would be prepared to sell a player who has failed to hold down a starting berth since returning from injury.