United seal van Persie deal

United confirmed they had agreed a fee with Arsenal on Wednesday

evening, and after a medical on Thursday the final elements of the

transfer have been wrapped up.

The deal has been done in time for van Persie to go straight

into Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad for Monday’s trip to Everton.

United announced in a statement: “Robin van Persie has completed

his medical, agreed personal terms and signed for Manchester United

on a four-year contract until June 2016.”

Manager Ferguson said: “Robin is a world-class striker with a

proven record in England and in European football.

“His talents need no introduction to our fans – he has scored a

number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former

club.

“His movement, finishing and all-round ability are

outstanding.”

van Persie said it was an “honour” to sign for United.

He said: “I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of

so many great strikers, bringing my experience and playing my part

to help the team compete for the biggest trophies in the game. I

can’t wait to get started.”

Van Persie has signed a four-year contract with United, bringing

to an end one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the

summer.

Ferguson has fought off competition from Manchester City and

Juventus to land van Persie.

However, he also needed to break an impasse with Arsenal boss

Arsene Wenger, who did not want to sell last season’s Golden Boot

winner to a rival club.

Even a week ago, Wenger had not given up hope of persuading the

29-year-old to stay.

However, when van Persie was booed by Arsenal fans at a

pre-season game in Germany on Sunday, it signalled the end of his

Gunners career.