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Mancini wants City to step up RVP bid

Robin Van Persie, Arsenal strikerManchester City boss Roberto Mancini is said to be anxious for his club to step-up their efforts to sign Robin van Persie, The Sun reports.

The Arsenal captain has stated that he will not be extending his contract at the Emirates Stadium, and as such a transfer scramble has ensued between the Premier League champions, rivals Manchester United and Juventus.

Arsene Wenger has stated that he is eager for the Dutch maestro to stay in north London, but threatens to lose his talismanic attacker for free next summer.

City are believed to have offered £15 million for the Netherlands international, which was rejected from the Gunners straight away.

This bid is said to have been more than what the other two suitors are offering, but Arsenal are holding out for at least £20 million.

The Italian manager is said to be growing impatient with City football administration officer Brian Marwood, as a deal for Van Persie has yet to be agreed.

The Etihad Stadium club are set to be impacted by Financial Fair Play rulings, and as such need to sell the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz to balance the books should Van Persie come in.

By Gareth McKnight