Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Wenger to side-step RVP's agent for crunch talks -Ramsey picked -Campbell Spain-bound?

Morning Gooners.

The Euros have only been over for a day and we're already back to the speculation about the future of  Robin van Persie. I know there was a low level hum running during the tournament, but it appears this week is when the crunch talks with our captain are set to take place.

Instead of formal discussions round a table, Arsene Wenger will speak with Robin by phone, without last season top scorer's agent Kees Vos involved.

It should allow Wenger to get to the heart of the matter. Is Robin going to sign a new deal he's been offered - three years worth £140k a week plus a £5m signing on bonus or not.

So far the answer to that question has been no.

I think we all agree that we need to know whether Robin will stay at the club even if he doesn't put pen to paper on a new deal now rather than in a few weeks time. Pre season training for a large group of our players not involved in the Euros begins on Monday.

All the sounds coming from Arsenal are good and exactly what we want to hear.

Chairman Peter Hill-Wood said:

"As far as I am aware, nobody has made any offer for him and he is away so we are not in any dialogue at all. 
"We are not in the remotest bit interested in selling him."
Would that be the case if Manchester City placed £30m on the table for Robin? I think our stance might change. A fee of that size for a player with one season left on his contract after the season he's just had - being the Premier League's top goal scorer - would represent good value for money for both Arsenal and City.

The bigger question Arsene Wenger will want answering is whether Robin is committed to Arsenal even without a new deal.

Gazzetta dello Sport claim Juventus have offered £8m for Robin. Arsenal have said they've not had any such bid.

Elsewhere, Aaron Ramsey has been chosen for the men's squad for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

And young striker Joel Campbell is set to join Real Betis on loan for the forthcoming season because he has been unable to secure a work permit to play in the Premier League.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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