Mancini warns Man City are being left behind in van Persie race

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has growing concerns over his side’s move for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, with the Italian believing they have lost the initiative in the race, according to the Daily Mail.

Arsenal and Manchester City meet on Friday in Beijing for a pre-season exhibition match and reports suggested City were preparing a bid for the striker, however it seems boss Roberto Mancini has all but conceded defeat in his attempts to lure the Dutch international to the Etihad Stadium.

With City officials needing to balance the books in order to stay within UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, a move for van Persie looks unlikely unless they can first offload striker Emmanuel Adebayor and according to the Daily Mail, Carlos Tevez could be moved on as well.

Mancini is reportedly becoming frustrated at the stance of City officials and has insisted that they risk being left behind in the race to sign the player, with their Manchester rivals United already making two bids for the 28-year-old.

With just one year left on his current contract at Arsenal, van Persie has confirmed he will not sign a new deal and will look to move on this summer, after discussions with Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal hierarchy led to differences of opinions when it came to Arsenal’s future.

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