English Premier League Dutch striker, Robin Van Persie completed his move to Manchester United from Arsenal on Friday. The Dutchman signed a contract for four years and said he was honored to play at Old Trafford, the home stadium of the Manchester United.
He told reporters he could not wait to start his career as a Red Devil and follow in the footsteps of some of the best strikers to every play soccer. He also said he wants to help Manchester United compete for the biggest trophies in the game, such as the Champion’s League trophy.
Manchester United announced on Wednesday that the team had agreed to the terms Arsenal set forth in selling Van Persie. On Thursday, the striker received a medical with his new club’s doctors. Reports are the deal was worth $38 million and was expedited so that the new striker for Man U could play in the clubs first match, which is Monday against Everton.
Sir Alex Ferguson, the long time manager of Manchester United said the club picked up a world class quality striker in Van Persie who has an excellent record at Arsenal in the English Premier League as well as in European soccer and international soccer playing on his national team. Ferguson joked that everyone on the current Manchester United team was familiar with Van Persie since he had scored a number of goals against them in the past.
Van Persie’s signing with Manchester United ends one of the longest transfer sagas of this summer. To get Van Persie to sign, Ferguson had to fend of clubs like Juventus and rival Manchester City. It also took extra work on Ferguson’s part as he personally met with Arsene Wenger the manager of Arsenal to convince him to sell Van Persie to the Red Devils.