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Man Utd boss Ferguson in direct Wenger talks over Arsenal's Van Persie

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has made direct contact with Arsenal rival Arsene Wenger over his push to sign Robin van Persie. The Daily Mail says Arsenal are expecting an improved offer following personal contact between the two managers which took place recently.

Sources say that a deal to take the Arsenal captain, who got 30 goals to win the golden boot last season, to Old Trafford could be completed by the time the season kicks off this weekend.

It is understood the Arsenal manager repeated his insistence to Ferguson the 29-year-old would not be allowed to leave for United for a penny under £30million - but the Gunners will listen to offers starting at £20million with add ons.

Ferguson's personal intervention into the proposed deal to sign Van Persie underlines the club's determination to land the Holland international.

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