Manchester United take lead in Van Persie race

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie: heading to Old Trafford? Photo: PA

Manchester United have taken the lead in the race to sign unsettled Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Van Persie could be a United player as early as Thursday, as Man City and Juventus' interest in the Dutch forward has cooled.

There is also a feeling that Van Persie would prefer to keep his young family in England, and that he stands a better chance of regular first-team football at Old Trafford rather than under Roberto Mancini at City.