City stall on RVP swoop
Arsene Wenger says Robin van Persie will stay at Arsenal, while Manchester City are not willing to pay more than £15million.
The Gunners are keen to tie the Dutchman down to a new deal but they face a battle to do so as both City and Italian giants Juventus are keen to take the player away from the Emirates Stadium.
Reports of a move to Juve grow by the day in Turin and Wenger has been bombarded with questions about a potential move while he works for Italian TV during Euro 2012.
However Wenger batted off the questions and is so confident that Van Persie will stay he is prepared to buy one journalist an ice cream if he moves on.
"He will stay at Arsenal," Wenger revealed. "There is no reason why a top player, a big champion would want a move to Serie A - in terms of the prestige of the league, the level of play or financial considerations.
"If he moves there, I will buy you a caramello."
Fighting off a move to Manchester City could be a harder battle, although the Premier League champions will have to pay significantly more than what is being reported.
City realise they would have to pay the player in the region of £200,000 a week to lure him away and are not willing to pay that on top of a huge transfer fee.