Manchester United was set to complete the signing of Robin van Persie from Arsenal yesterday after the Premier League rivals reached an agreement over the sale of the Dutch striker.
Both clubs released statements on their Web sites on Wednesday saying personal terms still needed to be finalized and that a deal was subject to a medical examination.
No financial details were disclosed by either United or Arsenal, although British media have reported that the London club wanted ￡20 million (US$31.3 million) for their captain, who has one year left on his contract.
“Arsenal Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Robin van Persie to Manchester United,” the Arsenal statement said.
The Dutchman, who joined from Feyenoord in 2004, was the Premier League’s top scorer last season with 30 goals. However, he has refused to sign a new contract with Arsenal, saying he was not happy with the direction the club was heading.
Arsenal has not won a trophy since 2005 and has been unable to keep hold of its leading players in recent seasons, with midfielders Cesc Fabregas joining Barcelona, while no fewer than four players have left for Premier League champions Manchester City — Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure and Gael Clichy — since 2009.
If United complete the signing of Van Persie, he will join a star-studded strikeforce that already includes England internationals Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, Mexico forward Javier Hernandez and former Bulgaria international Dimitar Berbatov.
Berbatov would be the player likely to make way for Van Persie, as United looks to regain the English title from City after missing out on goal difference last season.