Mourinho wants Real Madrid to beat Barcelona for Arsenal star Van Persie

Real Madrid plan to compete with Barcelona for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.

Real Madrid plan to compete with Barcelona for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.

Marca says Real boss Jose Mourinho would rather go for Van Persie, who has the versatility to play as an imposing No 9, or take a place on either flank.

Mourinho's own future at the Bernabeu is in serious doubt, but he has told his bosses that 28-year-old Van Persie would be a perfect fit.

Any deal is also contingent on Gonzalo Higuain being offloaded - with Chelsea identified as a potential destination - as the Argentina centre forward has fallen behind Karim Benzema in the pecking order.

There would be no shortage of willing buyers if Van Persie does not decided to extend his stay in north London, with Manchester City likely to make a move.

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