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United offering van Persie parity with Rooney
Manchester United will give Robin van Persie wage parity with Wayne Rooney to conclude the major transfer saga of the summer. With Manchester City appearing to accept defeat in the race for the Arsenal striker, and Juventus baulking at the player’s wage demands, United are moving quickly to conclude a deal. Their willingness to match the £220,000 a week wages earned by Rooney has tipped the balance in their favour. The financial rewards will be staggering for the 29-year-old Dutchman at Old Trafford, and somewhat unprecedented given the stage of Van Persie’s career. Sir Alex Ferguson’s determination to reclaim the title from City, as he enters the twilight years of his managerial reign, could not be clearer. For the United manager to parade Van Persie, while Mancini frets about missing out on a player he had made clear he wished to add to his squad, will be a bold reassertion of Old Trafford spending power. City’s Premier League win in May was a euphoric climax to years of Abu Dhabi-financed rebuilding, albeit at a lavish price, but the excessive expenditure has been curtailed so far this summer as the newly-crowned champions look to run their business more sensibly.
Elsewhere, Sir Alex is widely quoted after confirming that United's bid for van Persie has met with resistance from Arsenal. The Times claims the striker will seek talks with his club in a bid to secure a move to Old Trafford, while The Mirror says the Gunners are holding out for £25m from the Reds, but would accept £20m from an overseas club.
Rumours linking sprinting sensation Usain Bolt with a sizeable career change continue - The Mirror reports Wayne Rooney has encouraged him to have a trial with United. Bantz.