Roberto Mancini is expecting to be defeated in his bid for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.
The Manchester City boss was among one of the top three contenders to lure RVP away from the Emirates, with Juventus and derby rivals Manchester United also putting in bids for the 29-year-old Dutchman.
But speaking yesterday, Mancini responded to questions regarding RVP's potential position at the blues, saying: “Van Persie? No, I don’t think he will come here.”
Van Persie had previously expressed his interest in moving to a new club following Arsenal's disappointing season, where he frequently found himself carrying the team in his crusade to becoming the top goalscorer of the Premier League. It was widely speculated that City would scoop him up, but he has allegedly expressed a preference for City's rivals Manchester United and Juventus, who are now battling among themselves to bag the star striker.
Manchester United have offered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger £10million, a huge £15million below the asking price, but will double his wage. Similarly, Juventus are offering RVP a whopping £190,000 a week, as well as the opportunity to play alongside Suarez, if they can successfully lure the Uruguayan away from Liverpool with a bid believed to be around £28million.
Mancini was expected to release Edin Dzeko in preparation for Van Persie's arrival, but now it is looking likely that the benched striker will stay with the club. “It’s pretty unlikely he will leave", said the manager. “He is right to say it’s no fun being on the bench but when you join a big club then competition is normal.”
Dzeko scored twice last night in City's 4-0 demolition of Irish team Limerick.
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