Ferguson wants to pair Arsenal skipper van Persie with Rooney at Man Utd

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is confident he can entice Arsenal captain Robin van Persie to the club, as he attempts to fend off interest from Manchester City and Juventus for the unsettled striker, the Daily Mirror has reported. Ferguson is said to see van Persie playing in tandem with Wayne Rooney.

Van Persie earlier this summer announced he would not be signing a new contract at the Emirates Stadium before his existing deal expired next summer. Serie A champions Juventus and Premier League title winners Manchester City are also keen on van Persie’s signature. The Mirror adds however that City must offload some of their unwanted squad players before moving for van Persie, giving United an opening.

The fee for the 28-year-old is rumoured to be around £20m, with Ferguson picturing a strike partnership of van Persie and England international Rooney. The pair scored a combined 57 league goals last season. Van Persie grabbed the lion’s share with 30.

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