Search

Manchester United paid more than they intended for Robin van Persie

08:36 18 August 2012

Manchester United

Manchester United's new signing Robin Van Persie (left) with manager Sir Alex Ferguson following a press conference at Old Trafford, Manchester. Photo credit: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire.

Transfer news: Arsene Wenger drove a hard bargain as his star man was sold to the Red Devils

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger is a very hard negotiator.

Robin van Persie completed his switch to the Red Devils yesterday and his new manager admitted that he had to pay more at the Frenchman’s insistence.

“We never thought we could get Van Persie,” said Ferguson.

“I thought Arsenal are not going to let him go.

“When I read he had refused a new contract that is when we acted.

“It has been a long haul and he (Wenger) got a great price - he could win a poker school in Govan.

“But we are happy the matter is concluded.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 18:18
Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on during the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Arsenal. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger has shrugged off Jose Mourinho’s claims that only one side set out to attack in the Community Shield.

Yesterday, 17:33
John Terry of Chelsea and Petr Cech of Arsenal compete for the ball during the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Arsenal.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger finally secured victory over Jose Mourinho as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-half goal was enough to give Arsenal a 1-0 win against Chelsea in the FA Community Shield at Wembley.

Yesterday, 06:00
Mesut Ozil of Arsenal  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Mesut Ozil to reach double figures in goals for the Gunners this season.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Petr Cech of Arsenal looks on (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger believes goalkeeper Petr Cech could still play at the top level for six years with Arsenal.

Most read sport

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder