Arsenal’s £20 million (€25.4m) asking price for Robin van Persie has yet to be met by any club, it has emerged.
Van Persie announced six weeks ago that he would not be signing a contract extension at Arsenal, but despite strong interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus, the 29-year-old remains a Gunners player.
Arsenal rejected a bid from United for the striker three weeks ago and although the London club appear to have reduced their asking price to £20m, van Persie still has not secured the move to Old Trafford he is understood to want.
While confusion surrounds the striker’s future, what is clear is that his suitors value him highly.
Old Trafford appears to be van Persie’s preferred destination, but Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany would love to see the Dutchman, who scored 37 goals last season, move to the Etihad Stadium.
“It’s very easy to say you want to play next to Robin van Persie,” Kompany said.
“He’s a great player. He’s proved it so many times last season and any team he would play for he’d make it stronger.”
Van Persie made his only pre-season appearance for Arsenal on Sunday against Cologne.
The Dutchman, whose contract expires at the end of the upcoming season, was booed by a section of the travelling support when he came off the bench, but Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen is still confident his captain will stay.
“To me he looks fit and sharp in training,” Vermaelen said.
“He’s working hard. He’s working on his fitness. I don’t see anything [different] and I hope he stays the next four years as well.
“I don’t know what happens behind the scenes but at the moment I can only say he’s a player for Arsenal.’’
Alex Song, meanwhile, has his heart set on a move to Barcelona, according to his international colleague Carlos Kameni.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists claims Song wants to move to the Nou Camp have no foundation, but Malaga goalkeeper Kameni thinks otherwise.
“We were together on holiday and he said he wants to go to Barcelona,” Kameni said.
“Everyone wants to play for Barcelona. Song would fit right in at Barcelona. He has all the qualities to play there.
“He is like Yaya Toure, but with more responsibility. He’s doing well. He works hard and is the complete player.”
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