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Where Should Robin van Persie Go?

This past week, the media has become aware of the situation surrounding Arsenal longtime great, Robin van Persie. As most of us know his time at the Emirates Stadium will be nearing an end after announcing he will not sign a contract extension with the club to which he only has a year remaining on his current contract.

Van Persie joined Arsenal in 2004 for a transfer fee of £2.75 million, and now valued at £15 million. Had he not publicly announced that he will not be signing a new contract he could have been valued at £25 million, to which they could buy a suitable replacement.

Nonetheless, many of Europe’s biggest clubs have been alerted of this situation and are rumored to want the signature of the 28 year old, but which club would best suit the striker.

Manchester City

This money splurging club has long sought after van Persie and are willing to pay him £198,000 a week as they refuse to break their wage structure for him and also because of his history of ankle and knee injuries.

Robin van Persie is also looking for silverware, and City could just be the team to provide him the opportunity to compete with the big teams in England, and most importantly all of Europe.

This is not the first time City has lured Arsenal players away from Arsene Wenger’s club with money. In the past three years they have been able to snatch Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, and Samir Nasri, all at times Arsenal made efforts to push towards in improving their squad.

In order to get van Persie’s signature City coach, Roberto Mancini, will have to offload players seen as baggage to open up room to make the transfer.  Such players would include, Roque Santa Cruz, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Eden Dzeko. If he were to make the transfer to City, there will be constant competition for a position in the starting line-up.

There is far too much competition to deal with at the club for Robin to deal with. After coming back from an impressive form for Italy in Euro 2012, Balotelli is more than likely to push for a starting role in Mancini’s line up. Carlos Tevez and fellow countryman Sergio Aguero were both pivotal in the last stretch of the past season also.

His family members have told the media numerous times that he would not join Manchester City or any other premier league teams. Van Persie has too much love for the club, and the Arsenal fans to join City, which is why we are more than likely to see him offloaded out of England into other big leagues.

Manchester United   

This is a highly unlikely move for van Persie as they already have a strong attack. What they need are midfielders to solidify the middle of the field. They have already brought in 18 year old Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandra for £4 million and 23 year old Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund for roughly £17 million. These attacking midfielders are not what United need however.

United must look for a strong defensive midfielder or central midfielder who can distribute the ball, help out the defense. Essentially what they need is a younger version of Paul Scholes since Anderson simply does not cut it.

Alex Ferguson must also add depth to his entire back four, to further bolster up his defence.

They simply do not need the Arsenal captain.

Paris Saint-Germain

Lavezzi with his new squad, PSG.

Backed by their Qatari owners, League 1 side Paris Saint – Germain are the French version of Manchester City. This summer they will look to improve their squad in order to be capable of competing in Champions League football.

If van Persie joins PSG, he would play alongside Ezequiel Lavezzi after they brought him in from Napoli for £30 million last week.

With van Persie’s quality, it would not be the right kind of atmosphere for him in France. As he looks for a team that is always moving forward, and one that can compete with big European clubs a move to PSG is ultimately a step down in quality, and competition for him in League 1.

Barcelona

It would be every player’s dream to play for Spanish giants, Barcelona. They have been accumulating nearly every trophy they could grasp their hands on and being constant title contenders, which is why they currently are the team to beat in today’s football.

If Robin van Persie were to leave for Barcelona, he would be reunited with former longtime teammate, Cesc Fabregas. It has been customary for many Arsenal players to try their luck in Barcelona with the likes of Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb and many other football greats.

This transfer could also see David Villa make his way to the Emirates Stadium as Barcelona looks to make a player swap with an additional £13 million. This does look like an incredible deal since Arsene Wenger has tried to get his signature back in 2010; however he is slowly going out of his prime. The 30-year old was hit with a leg injury for a majority of the season, and it looks like there could be more to come. The last thing Arsenal would need is for another striker to have consecutive injury-hit seasons.

This deal also is reminiscent of the time Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved to Barcelona in 2009. Both van Persie and Ibrahimovic are great, similar structured strikers however like Ibrahimovic; van Persie will not mesh will with the Barcelona squad. It will take him time to get used to the system played in Barcelona, and the more time it will take him, the more it will hurt the squad as a whole. It is probable for Lionel Messi and van Persie to clash heads since Messi is the face of Barcelona, and van Persie thinking he is more than what he is playing for Barcelona.

However, van Persie could be capable to adapt to the squad as they play a similar formation, 4-3-3, and play style as well. It is all a matter of how egos will mesh with Messi and van Persie.

Juventus

After going undefeated for the entire season, Serie A champions have also their sights to buy Robin van Persie, and believe they stand a better chance than City to sign the player. Juventus are willing to smash their wage ceiling if it is an increase in wages is what van Persie is looking for.

Van Persie has a different mindset compared to other Europeans because of his nationality. There have been many players to enjoy their success in Serie A, and especially Juventus. Players such as Zinedine Zidane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alessandro Del Piero, Pavel Nedved, and most recently Andrea Pirlo were able to succeed at Juventus.

After being relegated to Serie B in 2006 due to match-fixing, they have shown their ambition to being the top team in Italy this season. Juventus went undefeated as previously mentioned, winning 23 games and drawing 15 games as well. Their top scorer, Alessandro Matri, scored only 10 goals in 30 games. With a player like van Persie who was capable of scoring 30 goals in 38 games this past season to be added into Juventus’ would immensely increase their domination in the Italian league.

With no offence to the Italian league, it is a dying league. They are not the same league we have seen five years ago, when they were Champions league final contenders.  Robin van Persie will be soon past his prime as he turns 29 next month, and only has an FA Cup win to show for. He will get slower, his reaction time will be delayed, his touches will get worse, he may as well play in the inferior league whilst in his prime

Robin van Persie will, without a doubt, be a starter in the Juventus squad. This next season shows a lot of promise to be title contenders for the club, something that van Persie has been looking for quite some time now. He also can stay true to his Arsenal fans by opting for this move to Juventus, rather than committing career suicide at City.

Written By: Lawan Kakei

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  1. July 9, 2012 at 1:25 am

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