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Manchester United paid more than they intended for Robin van Persie

08:36 18 August 2012

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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

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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.”

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