Premier league champions Manchester City are extremely close to submitting a bid for the Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, who is linked with a move away from the Emirates stadium quite heavily in the last six months. The 28-year-old Dutchman is in the final year of his contract at Arsenal.
However, he has shown a reluctance to sign a new contract due to Arsenal’s inability to win a major trophy in the last seven seasons. Even though the Dutchman has been at the club for a long time now, he is yet to win a trophy with the club. Manchester City, on the other hand, have lifted two major trophies in the form of the FA cup and the Premier league title in the last two seasons.
Manchester City have been extremely aggressive in the previous transfer windows, but it is thought that they will not be prepared to pay more than £ 20 million for the striker, who will be 29 years old soon. The Premier league Champions managed to pounce on the contract situation of Samir Nasri in the same manner last season, whilst Cesc Fabregas was also captured from Arsenal. They paid £ 25 million for Samir Nasri, but they reckon that the 28-year-old Robin van Persie should not cost more than £ 20 million.
If Robin van Persie indeed arrives at the Etihad stadium, then it would mean that a number of strikers like Emmanuel Adebayor will be sold in order to make room for his wage bill.
Manchester City already have one of the worst ratios when it comes to wage bill to turnover ratio. They are currently paying more wages than their total revenues, which will come back to haunt them if they continue in the same vein due to the latest financial fair play regulations introduced by UEFA a few seasons ago.