Spanish giants Barcelona are stepping up their interest in Arsenal’s Dutch international striker Robin van Persie after The Gunners captain made it clear that he will not be signing a new deal at the Emirates, leaving the door open for a bidding war between some of the biggest clubs in European football interested in snapping up the striker. And it is being believed that Barcelona, who lost the la Liga title to arch rivals Real Madrid will go as high up as offering € 25 million for van Persie and are even willing to offload Spanish international striker David Villa top fund the deal.
Robin van Persie has only a year left on his contract and after he revealed that he will not be signing a new deal with the club following a fall out with manager Arsene Wenger and the club suits over the direction of the club as well as the lack of silverware in the last 6 seasons, is free to run down his contract and walk out of the club on a free next year, being able to demand any kind of wage possible from his suitors. However, it is highly unlikely that Arsenal will allow their talisman to walk out on a free next year and will hold an auction if they have to sell the star striker.
It was initially thought that Arsenal would prefer van Persie running down his contract till next year and walk out on the club as they have plenty of strikers in place to replace him in German international Lukas Podolski and Frenchman Olivier Giroud and if they could manage another season from him, the new signings will have settled by that time. But now, Arsenal is thought to be ready to do business and any bid near the £ 20 million is likely to persuade them to sell.
And although the Spanish giants were never in the running initially with only Juventus, Manchester United and Manchester City as well as Real Madrid interested, sources in Spain claim that The Blaugrana are ready to land the star Dutchman to partner Lionel Messi and with other top clubs such as Italian champions Juventus and French side Paris Saint Germain looking for a striker, a deal for David Villa, the record goal scorer for the Spanish national team could be agreed with them and the money from his sale would go in directly to fund a bid for the talismanic Dutchman.
Barcelona bought former Arsenal midfielder and their former youth team player Cesc Fabregas last season for a fee of € 34 million and with van Persie and Fabregas sharing a brilliant relationship, might just clinch the deal in their favor. It is almost certain that if Arsenal sell, they would prefer to sell abroad and van Persie himself also prefers a move to either one of the Spanish giants but whether Arsenal hold out for a bigger transfer price is yet to be seen and in such a scenario, the competing power of Barcelona might be tested.