Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Friday 18 May

Still No Decision from van Persie

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has joined up with the Netherlands Euro 2012 squad without making a decision on his future with the club.

The Arsenal skipper and his representative Kees Vos had talks with manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Wednesday over an extension to his current deal, which expires at the end of next season. However, some outlets have described the talks as ‘tense’ and van Persie has gone to the Netherlands training camp in Lausanne, Switzerland, without agreeing to sign a new deal with the club.

Wenger had said that he wanted a decision over a new deal for van Persie to be made before the start of the European Championships but van Persie’s commitment to join up with the Netherlands’ training camp gave just a small window of opportunity this week for talks to be done and dusted.

Arsenal are believed to have offered the 28-year-old a deal worth £130,000 a week plus a £5million loyalty bonus. Manchester United and Manchester City are both ready to offer him £250,000 a week after paying Arsenal a £25million transfer fee, according to reports yesterday although Italian champions Juventus have decided not to pursue their initial interest in van Persie as they feared the 7.5million euro a year salary they were considering offering him might trigger demands for pay rises from some of their other players.

That leaves AC Milan and Real Madrid as two realistic destinations. Milan may have room in their squad for van Persie, especially as Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks set to make up his mind over his future at some stage over the next two weeks. It is not inconceivable that ‘Ibra’s’ prevarication over his future is the reason for van Persie’s own indecision. If Ibra leaves Milan they could make a move for van Persie. If Real sell Gonzalo Higuain – possibly to Juventus – then they could make for van Persie…..or even Ibrahimovic. Coach Jose Mourinho is a fan of both players although van Persie would be a cheaper option than Ibrahimovic who picks up 12million euro a year nett of taxes.

At the moment it’s all up in the air and Arsene Wenger is left with the situation he didn’t want – a transfer saga that has the potential to drag on all summer, much as the Cesc Fabregas situation did last year. He has said he may let van Persie stay at Arsenal and run down his contract next season, but he runs the risk of letting him go for nothing next summer.

Last weekend, van Persie’s wife Bouchra claimed the family were settled in London and that it would take an extraordinary offer for him to leave Arsenal.

Fabianski Ready To Quit Arsenal

Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski wants to leave the Emirates.

It was reported last week that the Gunners’ number two will be allowed to leave the club this summer either on a season-long loan or in a permanent deal as he seeks regular first-team football. However, he told a press conference at the Polish national team’s Euro 2012 training camp at Lienz in Austria that he has told manager Arsene Wenger he is looking to move on permanently.

“I hope that my adventure with Arsenal is over,” he said. “I told the boss my opinions and what my goals are, etc. At the moment I want to focus on Euro 2012, but the right people already working on my departure.”

Fabianski hasn’t made a Premier League start since suffering a shoulder injury at the beginning of January last year and while manager Arsene Wenger is keen to keep him at the club Fabianski is desperate for first-team football.

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