Roberto Mancini: Man City face battle to sign Robin van Persie

Roberto Mancini admits Manchester City could miss out on Robin van Persie, with Juventus and Manchester United interested

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Robin van Persie netted 30 league goals for Arsenal last season Photo: Robin van Persie/Twitter

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Roberto Mancini admits Manchester City face a battle to sign Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.

The 28-year-old is refusing to pen a new deal at The Emirates, with just one year left on his current Gunners contract.

City, Juventus and Manchester United are all reportedly interested in prising the Netherlands international away from Arsenal, but Mancini acknowledged Van Persie faces a tough decision in choosing between the three clubs.

“I don’t know what will happen with Van Persie,” Mancini told the Mirror. “Now he’s an Arsenal player.

“They are a top team, even though they’ve lost some good players in the last year. For me they are one of the best teams in the world, so it’s not easy for Van Persie to leave a club like this.

“When you are talking about Manchester City, United and Juventus it’s difficult for any player to choose between these three teams.

“But if we have a chance to take him, we will try. He is a top striker like the other strikers we have.”

The 47-year-old guided the Eastlands outfit to the Premier League title in May, and the City manager declared defending their top-flight crown will be a priority this season, with Mancini hinting his squad is not strong enough to win the Champions League.

“Defending the title should be our target this year,” Mancini added.

“If we also go well in the Champions League, there could also be a chance that we can arrive in the quarter, semi-final or final.

“We will try to win it but it’s important, for this, that we have a good squad.

“But I don’t think we can play for the Champions League with this squad. That is my opinion, so for this reason we have to buy.

“But the Champions League is a strange competition sometimes. I don’t say Chelsea didn’t deserve to win it, but there were better teams than them last year.

“Chelsea probably deserved to win a Champions League three or four years ago, but there are some years when you can [win] a Champions League and not know why.

“Our target for the Champions League should be to go for the second stage after the group.”

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