Manchester United agree £24m fee with Arsenal for van Persie


By Mark Fordham

Manchester United have agreed a £24 million deal with Arsenal to sign Dutch striker Robin van Persie with a view to completing a medical and contract talks.

The 29-year-old is set to head to Carrington today (August 16th) for the medical and is expected to sign his four-year contract in the next 48 hours.

Arsenal captain van Persie announced in July he would not be extending his current deal, which is due to expire in June 2013.

However, the Gunners had earlier rejected bids from United, Manchester City and Juventus as they waited for an offer in excess of £24 million.

The striker was said to have been encouraged by the three major signings of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla but Arsene Wenger informed the Dutchman he would be sold if the right money came in last week, BBC Sport reports.

"Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached agreement for the transfer of Robin van Persie," a club statement read.