As far as pre-season summers go, this year has been pretty quiet as far as high profile transfers go. Robin van Persie, the flying Dutchman who was the kingpin of Arsenal’s revival last year had made no secret of the fact that he wanted to leave the Gunners, and there has been much speculation of record transfer deals to some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
It has now been confirmed, however, that he isn’t flying off to foreign climes, but it travelling 22o miles north west to sign for the Red Devils. Van Persie has passed his medical and has signed a contract through to June 2016 with the 19 times champions for a reported fee of £24m. Speaking to the club;s official website, Van Persie said it was an honour to become a member of the team.
He added that he was looking forward to following in some great strikers footsteps, and that he hoped that the experience he brought with him would help his new team be contenders for the biggest trophies available, and that he couldn’t wait to start playing. Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson has referred to the 29 year old as a world class striker who has a proven record in English, European and International football and has outstanding, all round ability.
Van Persie is the latest in a long line of illustrious Dutch players who have pulled on the famous red shirts; Jaap Staam,. Arnold Muhren, Edwin Van der Sar and Ruud Van Nistelroy, to name but a few, all had a brilliant rapport with the crowds at Old Trafford, and some of their chants and songs still ring out from the terraces. Ferguson has confirmed that Van Persie will be his last signing of the summer unless a certain, unnamed, player became available.