Paris Saint Germain are preparing to enter the race to sign Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie and rival Manchester City according to the Daily Mail.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti is planning a huge summer spending spree and has his eyes firmly set on coaxing Van Persie to France under the noses of the Premier League champions.
The French club are backed by the mega-rich Qatari Investment Authority and have the funds to rival City financially along and blow Italian champions Juventus and Spanish giants Barcelona out of the water.
PSG club director Leonardo has reportedly already made tentative enquiries as to the availability of the Holland international with the Gunners initially telling him they weren’t interested in selling.
However uncertainty now shrouds the 28-year-old’s future in North London after he stalled on signing new three-year deal worth £130,000-per-week despite having just 12-months remaining on his current contract rekindling PSG’s interest.
Van Persie has made it clear he will only sign for title winning team and it’s been rumoured that City boss Roberto Mancini is preparing to test Arsene Wenger’s resolve to keep his captain with a formal £20 million bid.
Mancini is determined to bring him to the Etihad Stadium and is prepared to offer the Dutchman £200,000-a-week to make the switch but will have to offload one of their high earners such as Emmanuel Adebayor or Carlos Tevez.
Meanwhile, Napoli winger Ezequiel Lavezzi has snubbed a move to City in order to sign for PSG after wrapped up his £21million move to the French capital, agreeing a five-year deal worth £77,000 per week.