Sir Alex Makes Bid for Robin; Van Persie Could Be on Way His Way to Manchester

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SIR Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United have made a bid for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.

It was reported early yesterday that United, Manchester City and Juventus had all made offers for the Dutch forward (pictured below). And Ferguson, speaking to MUTV on the eve of a pre-season encounter with Ajax Cape Town in South Africa today, confirmed there had been contact with the London giants.

"Obviously Arsenal have given out the fact that we've made a bid for him," said Ferguson. "We try to keep business as close as possible to us until the moment we conclude a deal. There's no point talking about something that might not happen.

"There are other clubs interested in the player. We've shown an interest and that's where we're at at the moment."

Ferguson refused to expand on those comments in a Press conference.

"We try and do business before we announce anything," he said. "That is what we are going to do.

There is nothing more to add." The qualities of Van Persie, who was named player of the year both by the media and his fellow professionals in recognition of his phenomenal 36-goal contribution for Arsenal last season, are obvious, but United's most pressing needs do not appear to be in attack.

With England duo Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck at his disposal already, in addition to Javier Hernandez, Ashley Young, new-boy Shinji Kagawa, plus, for now, Dimitar Berbatov, Ferguson seems to have plenty of firepower. …