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Tough decision awaits Van Persie

Robin van Persie, Arsenal
Robin van Persie is wanted by Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus.
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Roberto Mancini admits Robin van Persie has a difficult decision to make about his future with Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus all battling for his signature.

The Dutchman has made it clear he will not sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, but Arsenal have so far not agreed a deal with any of the three clubs to make a bid for his services.

Van Persie too has yet to outline his preferred destination and Mancini understands that it is not an easy decision for the striker, should he be given a straight choice between the three.

"When you talk about Manchester City, Manchester United and Juve, it is difficult for a player to choose between those three clubs," said Mancini from City's pre-season tour in the Far East.

"They are all top teams and I've no idea what will happen with him. If we have a chance to take him, we will try because we think he is a top striker.

"For now he is an Arsenal player and I think Arsenal are a top team. It is not easy for Van Persie and other players to leave them."

Mancini insists City find it tougher to sign players than most clubs because of their wealthy owner Sheikh Mansour.

"It's not easy when City try to buy a player," he said.

"The club we are buying from asks for 30 or 40 per cent more. For this reason it is sometimes difficult to do business. But I think also we need to work better."

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