Ferguson: Man Utd not the only club in for Arsenal star

07:42 09 August 2012

Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie's will travel to Manchester tomorrow. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Transfer news: Sir Alex Ferguson claims numerous club are pushing to sign Robin van Persie

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Arsenal are playing hardball over losing captain Robin van Persie and hinted there are other clubs trying to sign the Dutchman.

Man Utd are reportedly front runners in the race for the wantaway 29-year-old, as Manchester City and Juventus both claim to have cooled their interest.

But while Ferguson confirms he has made a bid, he claims there are other clubs attempting to sign the Dutchman and is not optimistic of a deal with Arsenal.

“We have made a bid and they’ve been trying to negotiate with other clubs,” Ferguson told reporters after Man Utd’s friendly against Barcelona in Gothenburg last night.

“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.”

Rumours circulating last night that Van Persie was heading to Manchester for a medical were seemingly wide of the mark.

“I can’t give you any more information,” said Ferguson.

“We just have to persevere.

“We are trying our best and hopefully it will come our way but there’s no progress at this moment in time.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Arsenal news

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates with Hector Bellerin  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

What a long weekend of Premier League football coming up and our reporters have tried their best to predict the scorelines. Can Spurs win a league game at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1990?

Saturday, April 30, 2016
West Ham United's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game from a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

We’ve picked out five fantastic bets ahead of a busy weekend of football both in the Premier League and the Football League where the race for the play-offs is hotting up.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Jack Wilshere of Arsenal plays for the first time in 10 months (Simon Bellis/Sportimage)

Jack Wilshere has admitted that his playing style provokes players to make a high number of tackles on him but has said it would be difficult for him the change the way he plays.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger arrives at The Stadium of Light (Credit: Scott Heppell)

Pundit Charlie Nicholas agrees with sections of the Arsenal support that it is time for Arsene Wenger to leave the club but he has called for protests against Norwich on Saturday to remain ‘respectful’.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (left) and West Ham United's Dimitri Payet battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

Spurs could miss out on top 4, West Ham could finish 3rd and Palace could still get relegated.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport