Arsenal and Man Utd in official talks over van Persie transfer

Arsenal and Manchester United are holding official talks regarding the transfer of Gunners captain Robin van Persie, the Daily Mirror has reported, with the move possibly completed in time for the Netherlands international to make his debut for his new team on Monday evening. United begin their Premier League campaign away to Everton.

The Mirror claims the clubs were locked in negotiations throughout Tuesday and an agreement over a fee is said to be close. The newspaper adds that the cost of van Persie to United is likely to be over £20m.

Arsenal have decided it is in their interests to sell van Persie this summer rather than wait a year and see him leave for free at the end of his contract. The striker earlier this summer turned down a new deal to stay at the Emirates Stadium, sparking the race for his signature that now appears to have been won by Sir Alex Ferguson. Manchester City and Juventus were previously in the hunt as well.

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