Arsenal maybe on the verge of losing their most-prized possession, the Dutch striker Robin van Persie, after the loss of players like Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas last summer. The Gunners are currently facing a massive bid which is supposed to be around £74 million which they have stalled for the time being.
Real boss Jose Mourinho is said to be ready to sanction a three-year deal which would be worth an amazing £39 million to the Arsenal captain. The La Liga side are also said to be ready to offer Arsenal £35 million for the striker next summer which means that the total amount for such a deal would reach a ground-breaking £74 million.
According to sources, a move to a different Premier League is highly unlikely for van Persie as the player has too much respect for Arsenal to consider moving to a Premier League rival. However, if the North London club fails to secure at least a top four finish this season, let alone any silverware, then the 28-year-old may well feel that his time at the Emirates Stadium is up.
Real is well aware that if van Persie does not agree a new deal by the end of the current season, he’ll have just 12 months left at the Emirates before he becomes a free agent. The player just wants to be certain that the Gunners are pointing toward the right direction, both in terms of success on the field and the quality of signings.
Senior Gunners officials are, however, confident that van Persie will extend his stay if manager Arsene Wenger manages to bring in a cluster of high profile signings, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund youngster Mario Gotze sitting on top of the list. On the other hand, if that fails to happen, the player could well be on his way out of the Premiership on a free-transfer when his contract comes to an end in 2013.
Van Persie had previously attracted Premiership rivals Manchester City who were even prepared to offer the player a £250,000-a-week deal, according to a Caughtoffside report.