Date: 20th July 2012 at 10:23pm
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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has confirmed, somewhat reluctantly, that he has tabled an offer for Arsenal’s wantaway striker Robin van Persie. The Dutchman confirmed earlier this month that he has no intention of signing a new deal with the Gunners, which has sparked rumours into overdrive. Following a pretty inflammatory statement from van Persie, United have joined Manchester rivals City and Italian champions Juventus in the race for his signature.

Ferguson told MUTV: ‘Obviously Arsenal have given out the fact that we’ve made a bid for him,’

‘We try to keep business as close as possible to us until the moment we conclude a deal. There’s no point talking about something that might not happen.

‘There are other clubs interested in the player. We’ve shown an interest and that’s where we’re at at the moment.’

The fact Arsenal do appear to have made the bid public knowledge suggests they are trying to spark a bidding war, which indicates a willingness to sell and sell as quickly as possible. It’s strongly rumoured that van Persie will not fly to Asia for the pre season tour and it appears that that it’s Arsenal’s decision to leave him behind. One would imagine so that they can conclude his sale as quickly as possible and plan for the new season without him.