Van Persie still on Manchester City wish list

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is still hoping to sign Robin Van Persie this summer after learning Edinson Cavani and Falcao will be staying at their respective clubs according to a Squeaky Bum Time source.

City are on the hunt for a new forward with Van Persie supposedly heading Mancini’s shopping list as he prepares to freshen up his attacking options at the Etihad Stadium.

Van Persie’s contract at Arsenal has a year left to run with negotiations at a standstill after he jetted off to represent Holland at the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

The Dutch crashed out at the group stage and the 28-year-old was expected to resume talks with club officials but remain at a standstill leading to rumours that the Gunners are looking to offload the striker after signing Oliver Giroud on Tuesday.

Manicni hopes to take advantage of that uncertainty by testing the waters with a £20 million bid for Van Persie although it’s thought the North London club want nearer £30m with Juventus also interested.

The Premier League champions have been told by Europa League winners Atletico Madrid that Falcao isn’t for sale whilst the same applies for Napoli striker Cavani.

Sporting director Riccardo Bigon confirmed that the 25-year-old Urugauy international would be staying at the club saying: “I can confirm that Cavani is not for sale at any price.

“The president has made it clear to everybody how he feels about a transfer. And Edi, too, has been very clear about his intention to stay at Napoli.

“We don’t have any meetings scheduled to discuss his future. There’s no need to talk about it. We have a very close relation with Edinson.”

Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola rejected talk that the Italy striker could be set for a return to his homeland insists his client is settled at City and isn’t looking for a move.

Raiola told SportMediaset: “Maybe I have not been clear – Balotelli can’t come back to Italy. Italian football’s economic situation means that at the moment top players can’t come to Italy.

“In football, nothing is impossible, but Mario hasn’t spoken to me. He has no intention to come back. City and the coach are relying on him.”