Dubbed the flying dutchman by previous club Arsenal, van Persie moved to Manchester United in the summer for just £24 million on a four year deal. Easily one of the best strikers in the premier league (just two goals behind Luis Suarez) his 19 goals have helped push United to the strong league position they sit in now.
"For the next few years I will be with United - maybe longer"
"United could be my last club"
Enjoying a much more succesful season last year at Arsenal, van Persie has received no-where near as much game time as with the former London club, largely due to the Red Devil's not relying upon him. With Rooney and Hernandez just to name a few, van Persie's addition to the front line is widely recognised as a major factor to United's success this season.
"You have a number of clubs in Europe where older players can find it good, where they are valued," Van Persie said.
"You used to have that at Juventus and AC Milan, Manchester United today is a good example. So who knows how long I will stay at the club.
Montenegro's star-man Stevan Jovetic has dropped hints about his wish to play in the Premier League, further igniting the desires of Premier-League's "big boys" Arsenal and Man City.
Currently playing for Fiorentina, the skilled striker has forced 23 goals in his last 12 games, this recent run of form more than anything has pushed him to the top of Wenger and Mancini's summer wish list. Short from actually asking to move to England, the Serie-A star could not do much more to let the Premier League know he's interested in a transfer.
Jovetic has a £25 million buy-out clause, and in a recent interview said: “It sure is nice when you are interesting big clubs like Arsenal and Manchester City.
“It feels good because the English game currently has probably the strongest league in the world.
“I’m very comfortable in Italy but the Premier League is at the top of the football world – and perhaps the best.
As Arsenal look set to finish their eighth consecutive season without silver-ware, many Arsenal fans are beginning to become frustrated by the lack of success. Arsene Wenger took the rains at Arsenal FC in 1996 and enjoyed a number of years of success, the biggest of course was Arsenal's unbeaten season (2003/4). The last trophy won by the Gunners was the FA Cup in 2005 - at which point they lost star player Patrick Viera.
Looking back on eight years of mediocrity, Arsenal have stuggled to stay in the top 4 at many points over the period, and after 8 years the question has to be raised as to why the Frenchman still holds his job. No other club in England would have allowed this fruitless period to continue for so long, take Chelsea for example - abramovich pulls the trigger on even successful managers.
Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Barcelona Transfer Rumours: Fernandinho, Adel Taarabt And Lucas Biglia Speculation
The Argentinean midfielder was linked with both Arsenal and Real Madrid this time last year, but at that time current side Anderlecht was reluctant to allow any kind of sale for the 27-year-old.
Anderlecht’s general manager Herman van Holsbeeck said yesterday that they were prepared to let Biglia leave for £8.5 million and “not a penny less”.
The Gunners could certainly benefit from this experienced player, and Wenger could be looking at a bargain-edition to strengthen the seemingly weak Arsenal side.
The two sides of Manchester look set to battle it out again, this time however over highly rated Shakhtar midfielder Fernandinho. The blues thought they had secured a deal with wealthy Ukranian club Shakhtar Donetsk, to acquire the services of the Brazillian with a fee set at around £16.5million. Recently though, Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped up the chase and is prepared to fight hard for Fernandinho to be at Old Trafford come January.
As we get ever closer to Christmas, more and more rumours break out about the key players that managers want to snap up in the January sales.
It does appear however, that not all is going to plan, as Arsenal and Liverpool target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is reportedly going to snub a move to the Premier League, and instead sign a new contract with current club Schalke.
Huntelaars contract is due to expire at the end of the 2012-13 season, and since Schalke have had two contract offers rejected by the player, it opened the door to a possible move, however the German news agency “Der Westen” says Huntelaar has agreed to stay with Schalke until at least 2016. This appears to be a dampener for both the Gunners and the Reds, but no doubt the managers have many other options.
The out of favour Barcelona striker looks set to spend the second half of the season on loan, after missing the majority of last season due to injury, the world class striker has found it hard to fight his way back into the elitist Spanish side.