It was announced yesterday that Manchester United have placed a bid for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.
The 29-year-old has been rumoured to be having a medical at a Manchester hospital in the next few days. Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted a deal is taking place but stated he was unclear on what Arsenal or Van Persie’s reaction is to a move to Old Trafford.
Here are five reasons why Fergie should give up the ghost and not bother signing Van Persie.
5. £20 Million Is Too Much For A 29-year-old
Robin van Persie is set to cost Manchester United between £20-25 million, but the Dutch international striker is 29-years-old. Manchester United have always been a club that delve into the market, but as the years have progressed Sir Alex has admitted the club aren’t willing to pay ridiculous prices.
Speaking after Manchester United lost out on Sao Paulo teenager Lucas Moura, Sir Alex stated that the Moura deal with Paris St Germain, worth around £35 million, was ‘ridiculous’.
United have paid big money before on a variety of players in the past, including Wayne Rooney. When 18-year-old Rooney signed from Everton to Old Trafford back in 2004, United had splashed £25.6 million on the future of the club.
One of the biggest problems with Van Persie is the fact he is 29-years-old, he cannot be the future of any club anymore; he is the present and nothing more. Van Persie’s goal threat may be enough to splash £25 million on, although when younger players have been on the market with a higher potential such as Moura, you have to question whether the deal is really worth it.