The longest protracted transfer saga involving Manchester United since, well.. Lucas Moura, looks to have reached a satisfying conclusion for Manchester United fans. It was announced tonight that Arsenal had finally caved in and reached an agreement with Manchester United for the sale of last year’s top scorer in the Premiership, Robin Van Persie.
The fee is believed to be in the region of £24 million, with Van Persie expected in Manchester tomorrow to complete the formalities of a medical and agree personal terms. Van Persie will fly from the Netherlands’ friendly against Belgium in Brussels before heading to Manchester.
Van Persie will commit to United for 4 years, and his signature has been met with jubilation and relief. After missing out on the lucrative signings of Eden Hazard and Lucas Moura, the signing of Van Persie means that United have shrugged off the critics who suggested they could no longer attract the biggest names in world football. It was generally a case of third time lucky.
Van Persie will link up with Wayne Rooney, who was not shy to voice his aim of playing alongside the Dutchman long before the transfer was completed. As well as Danny Welbeck and Chicharito aiming to impress this year, the striking quartet to go alongside United’s midfield artillery, United can boast a simply mouth-watering array of talent at their disposal. United fans universally were very happy with the capture of Shinji Kagawa, they were ecstatic with the signing of Arsenal’s hitman.
In securing this deal, Sir Alex Ferguson has broke the mould concerning transfer dealings with Arsene Wenger. This will be the first player that Wenger has sold to his nemesis Ferguson, and it’s not a bad first one is it? It seems fair, we did give them Mikael Silvestre after all!
Van Persie is now at the peak of his powers at 29 years old, and to convince him to join amidst interest from City represents a significant coup and a clear signal of intent that we are ready to not only try and regain our crown, but to challenge Europe’s finest.
There is now flexibility in the United team, Rooney can now either play up top with RVP, or deeper just in behind to accommodate either Welbeck or Chicharito. You’d expect to see some serious pyrotechnics from our frontline this year, sometimes we err on the cautious side, but with the vast quality now at our disposal, United fans could be in line for a swashbuckling 38 matches.
Welcome to Manchester Robin, here’s to a lot of goals and us reclaiming our title next May.
Oh, by the way, has Piers Morgan been spotted on Santa Monica Pier yet?