Is RVP saga reaching endgame?
- Thu 09 Aug 2012, 8:15AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
In Thursday’s edition of WTMS, two of the summer’s biggest transfer stories pick up pace.
There’s always one transfer saga that dominates the back pages throughout summer and, even though the Olympics are still taking up most of that back page ink, Robin van Persie is undoubtedly this year’s candidate.
Ever since he told Arsenal that he had no intention of signing a new contract, the tabloids have pitted City against Manchester United and Juventus for the signature of the Dutch striker – however, now it looks like we might finally be reaching endgame.
News that RVP might finally have chosen United as his destination and that a fee might have been agreed started off as Twitter rumours from the likes of Mike Keegan from the Manchester Evening News before journos up and down the land were frantically writing up a new version of the story everyone’s been writing all summer.
The MEN claimed an exclusive with the following:
“Earlier this week Roberto Mancini virtually conceded defeat in his attempts to lure the Dutchman to City and Juventus, the other contenders in a three-way battle, are now thought to have cooled their interest after being confronted with his hefty wage demands,” writes Keegan.
“That leaves the Reds at the front of the queue – and M.E.N. Sport understands van Persie could jet in to sign as early as tonight.
“And the indications are that the deal is now finally expected to go ahead – which would send a clear message across Manchester that the Reds are determined to wrestle back the Premier League title,” reports the MEN.
So, there you have it.
Daniel Agger is making a late run for RVP’s status as “most linked with City” this summer and the latest news emanating from Anfield is that Brendan Rodgers will part with his Danish defender… only if the price is right.
Rodgers is said to be demanding a fee is excess of £22m or £25m, depending on who you believe.
“Brendan Rodgers has conceded Liverpool may be forced to sell Daniel Agger should Manchester City match their valuation of the player,” say the BBC.
“The Liverpool boss said Agger, 27, was not certain to stay at Anfield for the coming season despite his desire to keep the Denmark defender.”
"Every player has a price," Rodgers said. "But no manager wants to lose his best players."
Finally, the papers have gobbled up the pictures we posted on our Facebook page of Roberto Mancini’s new bicycle. Complete with a City crest and sky blue trim, commuters peeling open the Metro on their way to work this morning will be able to run the rule over the Prestigio bike that the boss used to get to Carrington yesterday.
Chris Hoy, watch your back…