Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he is closing in on Robin van Persie

Even though Manchester United were always mentioned among the candidates to sign Van Persie, few genuinely rated them as front-runners.

The greater riches and prospect of trophies, not to mention the lack of the Premier League rivalry with Arsenal, seemed to make City the more likely destination in Manchester.

Juventus, meanwhile, are one of Europe’s grandest clubs, back on the up following their unbeaten and triumphant Serie A campaign. The Bianconeri could offer the challenge of playing in another of Europe’s top leagues and a glamorous new home for him and his family.

However, a report in the Manchester news today claims that United are now the club most likely to sign last season’s top scorer in the Premier League.

The MEN is not generally big on trading in transfer gossip, so when it does file such a story other media outlets it is usually worth paying attention.

Given the relatively low transfer fee involved and United’s need for another top-class striker to partner Wayne Rooney, this is a deal that could well happen.

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