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Ferguson: 'We Have Made A Bid for van Persie'

Ferguson: 'We Have Made A Bid for van Persie'

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has revealed that his club`s pursuit of Arsenal captain Robin van Persie continues, with a second bid having been put down by the Old Trafford club.

Ferguson told the official Manchester United website, 'We have made a bid and they've been trying to negotiate with other clubs,' said Ferguson.

'I don't have a gut feeling on it at the moment, I must admit. We're not getting any breakthrough with Arsenal. It's difficult to say why they're operating this way. I don't know what their thoughts are because they're not giving anything away.'

Arsenal not too keen on selling their top scorer and captain to a rival. Yes, of course. Very difficult to see why we`re operating in this way. It would appear that the admiration between United and van Persie is mutual, but Arsenal of course stand to disrupt this tricky trifecta. I`m sure Arsene Wenger would hack wildly at his testes with a rusty spoon than hand his captain over to Ferguson.

There again, van Persie can make himself a real pain in the arse for a year and then just go there for free next year if he wanted. It`s a tricky situation for sure. Personally, I favour a scorched earth policy. Arsene should e mail a picture of his arse to Fergie then have Vermaelen snap Robin in half in training. Or maybe sell him first then snap him? Either way, I`m cool. LD.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Thursday August 9 2012
Time: 9:39AM


Not proud of it, but I'm hating RvP more and more as this saga unfolds and seeing his smug face on the AFC picture updates. The only way I'd stomach him going to Manure is if they pay 25m minimum. They'd be welcome to him at that price at that age. I definitely think he'll end up there because they did that with Spuds holding out for Berbatov. Once Fergie wants a player, Manure are rich enough to go and get him and missing out on Moura will make his want RvP even more. Just hope it happens quickly and we ourselves reinvest some of that money into another top player. As for RvP, I wish him plenty of time where he's spent most of his career. T*sser.
09/08/2012 09:46:00
" It would appear that the admiration between United and van Persie is mutual" is there anything concrete to back this up? I've seen the press reports suggesting that U*d is RVP's preferred destination but I haven't seen quotes from the man himself or anything that would lead me to believe this is true. Good piece btw.
09/08/2012 10:31:00
Guess work on my part bluedub, but the signs are there. United must be getting some kind of encouragement from van Persie's advisors if they're making a second bid and to speak publicly about it.
Little Dutch
09/08/2012 10:37:00
You know for one of the greatest football coaches ever to live (Yes he's a coach, Wenger is a manager), he really is thick as s*** sometimes. I'll go with LD's scorched earth scenario. Keep him, make him train with the reserves, only serve him pizza, cake and lager in the canteen, give him boots that are two sizes too small, and get Vermaelen to take freekick practise on his knackers.
09/08/2012 10:43:00
Thanks for the response LD. Intrigued to see how this one plays out given the bollox that Bacon was talking earlier in the summer about investing in youth.
09/08/2012 10:44:00
He's definitely not thick, why would anyone say that? It's a wind up, there's always this comedic undercurrent to what he's said over the years, he says things that on the surface would appear to be ridiculous and have you whirling in indignation, but the reality is he says everything with an end goal in sight.
09/08/2012 10:46:00
0 Picture from training today. Stories of van Persie being on a plane to Manchester are clearly *********.
09/08/2012 10:53:00
Scorched Earth all the way for me too ;-)
09/08/2012 10:55:00
Its a real kick in the nuts that the RvP to United story has legs. Imagining RvP with the red devil badge makes me want to hurl! If we make RvP see out his contract, it will be difficult to go and buy more players of a defensive mould because our squad players - Chamkah, Arshavin, Bendtner wont fetch much money. It will be then important for further squad strengthening to sell Theo - another player with 1 year left on the contract. If given a choice to select 1 player who will stay - I prefer Theo who can continue to develop with us and can potentially give us service for another 7-8 years. Its important that we generate some funds to plug the gaps in the backup keeper, defensive midfielder and full back roles.
09/08/2012 11:22:00
That said, it will be fabulous if a big foreign club puts in an acceptable bid for RvP but Madrid and Barca seem unusually cautious in the transfer market with other spanish clubs hankering for a larger slice of the TV money pie. AC Milan and Inter Milan have gone into a slumber because their benefactors are suffering financially. Juventus seem to have the money to pay RvP but not the 20 million to us...PSG has already splurged insane amount of money on Ibra, Silva and Moura and wont possibly splurge more. Our options to sell RvP abroad sadly seem very limited.
09/08/2012 11:46:00
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