Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed his side was very close to acquiring the services of Robin van Persie last summer. The Dutchman was closely linked with a move to the Premier League champions before archrivals Manchester United swooped in to steal him with a reported £22 million transfer deal.
The Eastlands boss had previously admitted Manchester City were on the brink of signing in Robin van Persie, but this is the first time Roberto Mancini has informed how close his side came. The Italian manager confessed that he wanted Robin van Persie badly in his squad.
“We wanted Van Persie because we knew he could be an important player,” Robin van Persie said. “He is totally different from our other strikers. We wanted him for the Champions League and for the Premier League.
“We were very close. We were sure he was for us but this did not happen and now we can do nothing. We were very close three or four months before he joined United.”
Robin van Persie netted 37 goals for Arsenal last season before agreeing to a transfer move to Manchester United. Top notch clubs from around Europe were scrambling to acquire his services during the summers, but the 29-year-old Netherlands international preferred a move into another Premier League club.
Roberto Mancini confessed he knew why Manchester City failed to obtain Robin van Persie, however, the former Inter Milan manager refused to reveal the reasons of failure.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits signing in Robin van Persie has provided his team with a huge boost in the Premier League and Champions League. Robin van Persie has already scored 19 times for Manchester United in all competitions.
Manchester United currently possesses a seven-point lead on top of the Premier League table. Roberto Mancini believes Robin van Persie has proven to be the x-factor which has led Manchester United to the top place on the Premier League table.
“I think Van Persie, for United, is an important player,” Roberto Mancini said. “It is clear he changed this situation. In this moment, the difference is this.”
Roberto Mancini has been bemoaning over the production-rate of his strikers this season. The Italian’s “versatile” attack, which includes Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero, have been unable to produce stable form this season.