The 28-year-old, who has just been named Footballer of the Year by the PFA and the FWA, is out of contract at Arsenal at the end of next season, fuelling suggestions that he could bring his Emirates Stadium tenure to an end this summer.
Speculation over van Persie’s future went into overdrive last week after van Persie was spotted at the same hotel Barcelona were staying at prior to their Champions League clash with Chelsea.
However, club spokesman Toni Freixa has denied reports that Barcelona will move for the Dutchman at the end of the season, claiming his visit to the hotel was purely for social reasons.
“For Barça, any good player is of interest – and van Persie is a great player. But [we have] no intention of signing him for now,” said...