Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has described the imminent arrival of Robin van Persie from Arsenal as a “great boost” ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.
Both clubs announced on Wednesday that a fee had been agreed for the striker — thought to be in the region of £24 million — who was due to travel to Manchester yesterday to complete a medical and put pen to paper on a four-year deal.
Carrick believes the addition of the Netherlands international — who scored 37 goals in all competitions last season, winning both the players’ and football writers’ player of the year awards — could tip the title odds back in United’s favour after seeing local rivals Man City claim their first ever championship last season. Carrick told the Daily Mail: “He had a terrific season and he will further strengthen our squad. Can it make the difference between second and first? There wasn’t much difference so hopefully we can go that step further!”
Carrick was speaking in the aftermath of England’s 2-1 friendly win over Italy.
RVP may debut against Everton: Fergie
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes Robin van Persie will complete his move to Old Trafford in time to make his debut in the club’s opening match of the Premier League season at Everton.
Manchester United have agreed a fee of around £24million to sign van Persie from Arsenal and the Dutch forward was due in Manchester yesterday for a medical and discussions over his personal terms.
Providing the medical and wage negotiations go smoothly, Ferguson is confident van Persie will pull on a United shirt for the first time at Goodison Park on Monday.
“He is on his way up from London for a medical later this afternoon,” Ferguson said yesterday.
“I am sure he will be available for Monday’s game.”
No choice over Van Persie sale: Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists the Gunners were left with “no choice” but to sell Robin van Persie to Manchester United.
Alex Ferguson’s side confirmed on Wednesday night that they had agreed a fee, thought to be £24million, for the Dutch striker who was yesterday expected to undergo a medical and finalise terms. “He is at Manchester United, unfortunately for us. The transfer was finalised in the afternoon,” said Wenger whilst working for French TV station TF1. “It’s never great to lose players of that quality but he only had a year contract so we do not have a choice. We have already recruited since we bought (Olivier) Giroud and (Lukas) Podolski who originally were intended to offset the departure of van Persie,” he concluded.