Van Persie the target as Mancini admits Man City striker overhaul

Manchester City will move for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie as manager Roberto Mancini prepares to overhaul his strike force, the Manchester Evening News has reported.

Mancini admitted that if one of the strikers currently at the Etihad Stadium moves on this summer then he will make his move for van Persie, adding that the Netherlands international is one of the best forwards in the world. Mancini put van Persie in the class of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and two of his own players, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli.

He continued: “Van Persie is a top class player. His situation is different than those for Clichy and Nasri, when we signed them. It was difficult for Arsene Wenger to keep them in London.

As Mancini noted van Persie would be joining a host of former Arsenal teammates if he was to make the move to the Premier League champions. Ad well as Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri, both signed from the Gunners last summer, City’s ranks boast Kolo Toure, a Premier League winner under Wenger, and Emmanuel Adebayor, the striker who spent last season with Tottenham Hotspur. Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira is also in an executive role at the club having ended his playing days in City colours.

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