van Persie heads to Manchester United

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Updated August 15, 2012

Premier league giants Manchester United have reached an agreement with north London rivals, Arsenal over Dutch striker Robbin van Persie.

A statement on the website of Arsenal Football Club read “Arsenal Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Robin van Persie to Manchester United”.

Van Persie will travel to Manchester on Thursday in order to agree personal terms and complete a medical ahead of the proposed move.

Van Persie stunned Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger when he declared immediately after Euro 2012 that he wanted to leave the north London team because he felt the club’s ambitions did not match his own.

That came after a superb season where the forward scored 37 goals in all competitions, a tally that led him to being voted player of the year by both his fellow professionals in England and the country’s Football Writers’ Association.

Van Persie’s announcement sparked interest from Premier League champions Manchester City, as well as Italian giants Juventus.

No fee has been confirmed by either United or Arsenal, although it has been reported around the £20million mark.

If the deal goes through smoothly, van Persie could make his United debut in their Premier League opener away to Everton on Monday.