Red Devils given RVP deadline
Manchester United have been warned by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger that Robin van Persie will not be sold once the new season starts.
United chief Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that they have made an offer for the wantaway Dutch international striker, who has refused to sign a new contract extension with the Gunners beyond summer 2013.
Manchester City and Italian giants Juventus are also chasing the player, but Wenger has revealed that none of the interested parties have matched their £30 million valuation.
And, despite the prospect of losing Van Persie on a Bosman free transfer next summer, Wenger has always maintained that he wants to keep last season's Premier League golden boot winner. And, he has warned any club that wants to buy him that they must make a suitable offer before the new season gets underway on August 18 and not the August 31 transfer deadline.
Speaking in Malaysia at the start of the Gunners' pre-season tour, Wenger said at a press conference: "We are very, very ambitious. You know that. Not only very ambitious, but also very proud of the way we run our club.
"Van Persie is a world-class striker and I am a big supporter of him. I have supported him through his whole career. He has one year left and is in demand but our desire is to keep him.
"However, we will do what is in best interest of the club. If you have a decoder in your head you can decode that."
"The official transfer deadline is August 31 but then we can create an internal deadline," the Frenchman added.
Asked if that meant before the new season starts, he said: "Of course. I believe the transfer market should stop before the season starts anyway."