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Sir Alex ready to increase off for RVP
Sir Alex Ferguson is set to up his bid for Robin van Persie to £20m in an attempt to push through a deal before the start of the season. The United manager has been at a deadlock with Arsenal over his move for the want-away striker, so far tabling an offer of £15m. He hoped that would be enough to prise the Dutchman away from the Emirates Stadium given that he is out of contract at the end of the season. But Ferguson is aware that Arsene Wenger does not want to sell to a Premier League rival and would much rather do business with Juventus. United are still banking on the belief that van Persie has set his heart on a switch to Old Trafford. They have become frustrated with Arsenal’s negotiating tactics this summer, but believe an increased bid of £20m will be enough to convince them to sell.
James Robson, Manchester Evening News
The Sun report that van Persie was booed by Arsenal fans during yesterday's friendly win over Cologne. The Dutchman came on for the last 20 minutes and was jeered by a large section of the 1,500 travelling Arsenal fans. Wenger said afterwards: “There's no news on van Persie. Our fans want him to stay so you can understand they are excited. Anything I could say about van Persie would be a lie because he’s our player and that’s it. We want to keep him. I cannot tell you more at the moment because I don’t know more.”