Manchester United have agreed a deal for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, subject to a medical and personal terms.
Sir Alex Ferguson has made the capture of the striker his main priority this season and agreed terms on a deal that will reportedly be worth over £20 million.
A statement on the Man Utd website read: “Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached agreement with Arsenal Football Club for the transfer of Robin Van Persie. The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course.”
Van Persie, 29, revealed earlier this summer that he would not be signing a new deal at the Emirates – with his current contract ending in the summer of 2013 – and cited a lack of ambition from the club’s owners in the transfer window.
A statement on Arsenal’s website read: “Van Persie will travel to Manchester on Thursday in order to agree personal terms and complete a medical ahead of the proposed move.”
When asked by TF1 if he would replace Van Persie, Arsene Wenger replied: “We already recruited to replace him. It’s sad to lose a player of his quality. He had a year left on his contract so we didn’t have the choice.”
Despite the presence of Wayne Rooney, Federico Macheda, Bebe, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in his squad, in addition to Berbatov, who has been widely tipped to leave Old Trafford, United have sought out a new striker.
The Red Devils initially lodged a bid for Van Persie last month, but this was turned down by the Gunners amid further interest from Manchester City and Juventus.
However, City never followed up an initial inquiry, while Van Persie made it clear he was not interested in a move to Serie A.
Having taken the unusual step of confirming a bid for Van Persie on United’s pre-season tour of South Africa, Ferguson is then said to have intervened in a deal that was in danger of stalling by speaking directly with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Although Wenger did not want to sell his star man to a rival club, he realised the Gunners were in a tricky situation, with supporters turning against their former favourite during a pre-season encounter with Cologne on Sunday.