City duo Clichy and Nasri key to tempting Van Persie

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini wants Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri to convince former Arsenal teammate Robin Van Persie to join the club according to sources close to SqueakyBumTime.

The newly crowned Premier League champions are already drawing up a list of summer targets with the aim of bolstering their squad ahead of next season’s title defence.

Mancini is desperate to reinforce his attacking options despite having Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko to choose from although it’s rumoured the latter trio will be put up for sale.

That has prompted the Italian to step up his chase for Van Persie who has a year left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium and is yet to sit down with manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

He now wants Clichy and Nasri, who both played alongside him in North London, to persuade the Holland international join them at the Etihad Stadium following their arrivals last year.

The 28-year-old refused to comment on speculation regarding his future after the Gunners clinched automatic qualification to the Champions League on the final day with 3-2 at West Brom.

He told the Metro: “You never know but Arsenal is a massive club. Whatever happens, I’ll always love this club.

“I have been playing here for eight years and I love this club. Whatever happens that will never change. We will sit down next week.”

Rumours that Van Persie will leave Arsenal to join City in the summer transfer window have been rife for months with his agent Kees Vos having to deny a deal had already been agreed following a meeting with City executive Brian Marwood in February

Speaking to Vos said: “Yes, I was a guest of Marwood at Manchester City, that is true. It was about three months ago.

“I meet a lot of people. Why do I need to explain? I work for a company that has 450 clients and 350 international players.

?I am not just the agent for Robin. I also represent Thomas Vermaelen, Keisuke Honda, Jeremain Lens and Stefan de Vrij.”