Manchester City will reportedly axe a number of strikers to pave the way for a move for Robin Van Persie.
The Premier League champions have been chasing the Arsenal captain for some time now and look to try and use their title success and financial power to draw the Dutch striker to the Etihad Stadium.
The Mirror claims that Roberto Mancini will sell Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz in order to raise funds to make a move for Van Persie and to help get their finances in line for UEFA’s incoming Financial Fair Play rule.
The Gunners forward has just one year left on his current contract with the club and is yet to sign a new deal, casting doubt over his future at the Emirates Stadium.
Van Persie has also been linked with a move to last season’s unbeaten Serie A champions Juventus, with the player himself even stating his own admiration for the Italian outfit, saying:
“Juventus? They are a great team, for sure.”
Van Persie is said to be at the stage of his career where he values trophies more than his weekly wage and that a switch to another club wouldn’t be motivated by money.
As a result, Arsene Wenger is desperate to match the Dutchman’s ambition and is keen to prove this in the transfer market.
Germany striker Lukas Podolski has already joined the Gunners whereas Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud looks likely to be Arsenal’s second signing of the summer.
French midfielder Yann M’Vila and Russian winger Alan Dzagoev have also been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Van Persie is reportedly happy in North London, and a number of his family members have expressed their desire for him to stay with Arsenal.
In May, his mother Jose told The Sun:
“Arsenal love him and that’s a great incentive to stay. Arsenal are a fantastic club.
“They have no debts and Robin is idolised there.”
Likewise, his wife Bouchra told the Mirror.
“We have been in London for eight years now. As a family, we love it here. Robin is captain of and, as many people claim, the leader of the Arsenal team.
“Arsenal believed in Robin when he was young and when he was considered as a bit of a rebel. We don’t want to upset things at home either. Our kids, Shaqueel and Dina, go to school here in London. And they are just as happy as we are.
“We still expect to sit down after this season is over and have a look at the future.”
Russian outfit Anzhi are also understood to be interested in the Gunners skipper.