Thursday Kickoff: Arsenal sets Van Persie price, Mourinho says Kaka can leave, and more

Thursday Kickoff: Arsenal sets Van Persie price, Mourinho says Kaka can leave, and more

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Thursday Kickoff: Arsenal sets Van Persie price, Mourinho says Kaka can leave, and more

Robin Van Persie (Getty)

If Manchester United wants Robin Van Persie, they are going to have to pay more than any other team in the running for the Dutch striker's services.

United manager Alex Ferguson revealed on Wednesday that his team had made a bid for Van Persie, but reports suggest Arsenal won't sell Van Persie to Manchester United for less than £25 million, if not more.

"We've made a bid, (Arsenal) have been trying to negotiate with other clubs," said Ferguson. "I don't have a gut feeling about it. We can't get a breakthrough with Arsenal."

Juventus and Manchester City have been rumored to be after Van Persie, but various reports suggest Van Persie's preference is to join Manchester United. The only question now is whether Ferguson will be willing to spend £25 million on a forward with a 29-year-old forward with a history of injuries who is also in the last year of his contract with Arsenal.

Manchester United could be tempted to spend more on Van Persie after losing out on Lucas Moura, who moved to Paris St. Germain after the big-spending club splashed a £35 million on the 19-year-old standout.

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Real Madrid seems unlikely to keep Brazilian star Kaka around for long, particularly with the club in hot pursuit of Luca Modric, and now manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that Kaka can leave the Spanish champions for the right price.

"If he decides to stay, then perfect. If he goes, that's perfect too but we are not going to give him away for free," Mourinho said. "Those that want him have to pay for him."


Cristiano Ronaldo delivered a pair of second-half goals while Kaka provided three assists to help lead Real Madrid to a comfortable 5-1 exhibition victory over AC Milan at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

The teams played an even first-half, with Angel DiMaria and Robinho trading goals, but the match was all Real Madrid in the second half, with Ronaldo and Kaka proving to be too much for the Italian club to handle.


Gerard Pique delivered the winning penalty kick as Barcelona needed PKs to beat Manchester United in their friendly in Sweden.

The teams played to a scoreless draw before settling matters with penalty kicks, with Victor Valdes keeping the shutout after denying a Wayne Rooney penalty kick in the first half.


What do you think of these developments? Think Arsenal are smart to want more money from Manchester United? Where do you see Kaka winding up?

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