Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United have launched a fresh bid to sign Robin van Persie, and insists he’s prepared to fight to land the Arsenal captain.
After seeing his side lose a penalty shoot-out to Barcelona following a 0-0 pre-season draw, Fergie officially acknowledged United’s interest in the Dutch striker, but revealed he has so far been stonewalled by the Gunners board.
‘We've made a bid,’ Ferguson said. ‘They've been trying to negotiate with other clubs. We have to persevere. Hopefully it comes our way.
‘We're trying our best but there's no progress at this moment in time. ‘We're not getting any breakthrough with Arsenal.
It's difficult to say why they're operating this way. I don't know what their thoughts are because they're not giving anything away.’
United have struggled for goals during pre-season, and Fergie is clearly aware of the need for fresh firepower, especially after losing Brazilian target Lucas Moura to Paris Saint-Germain.
But the Red Devils manager insists he was never going to be dragged into a crazy bidding war with the French giants over an unproven youngster.
‘I find it quite amazing that a club can pay €45million for a 19-year-old boy,’ he added.