There’s just no getting away from Mourinho. Whatever country he happens to be in it seems he just can’t stay out of the headlines. Still, at least this time his search for players has finally been reported as being a little wider than SW6. Sadly for Arsenal though, he’s still scouting around London and rumour has it, the former Chelsea manager has got Robin van Persie in his sights.
According to the Italian press, Mourinho has named Van Persie as a potential target amid rumours that the Dutchman is looking for a way out of the Emirates this summer. The Nerazzurri are definitely on the look out for wingers and Van Persie’s versatility is looked upon favourably by Mourinho who’s under pressure to deliver European success. And if the offer of double his current salary is looked on as favourably by Van Persie, then Arsenal could see themselves losing one of their biggest assets.
Injuries aside, I reckon he could’ve done a good job at Chelsea. Whereas Anelka whinged like a bitch when required to adopt an unorthodox role, Van Persie’s versatility allows him to play not only as a striker, but on either wing just as effectively. In fact, it’s not unknown to see him turn defenders inside out whichever position he takes up. And he ain’t half bad with a free-kick either.
He’s still only 24 and the reported price tag of £15million plus, would see a minimum return of £12million on the 2004 signing.
So given all that, if he actually wanted to go, would Arsenal let him?