City give up Van Persie pursuit

Robin Van Persie, Arsenal strikerRoberto Mancini has admitted that Arsenal striker Robin van Persie will not be moving to Manchester City.

The Netherlands international has confessed that he will not be signing a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, and with one year left on his current deal Arsene Wenger is considering selling the Dutch maestro.

City, along with Manchester United and Juventus, have been linked with a summer move for Van Persie but the Italian trainer has now revealed that it is unlikely that the forward will be moving to the Etihad Stadium.

“Van Persie? No, I don’t think he will come here,” The Sun report Mancini as saying.

Meanwhile, Mirror Football state that Arsene Wenger has gained new hope in keeping his captain at the club, after the PFA Player of the Year was impressed with Arsenal’s ambition in the transfer market this summer.

Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud have already been added to the Gunners’ squad, with a deal for Santi Cazorla also close to completion.

By Gareth McKnight