LONDON (AFP) – Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes Robin van Persie will complete his move to Old Trafford in time to make his debut in the club’s opening match of the Premier League season at Everton.
United have agreed a fee of around £22 million ($34 million, 28 million euros) to sign van Persie from Arsenal and the Dutch forward is due in Manchester on Thursday for a medical and discussions over his personal terms.
Providing the medical and wage negotiations go smoothly, Ferguson is confident van Persie will pull on a United shirt for the first time at Goodison Park on Monday.
“He is on his way up from London for a medical later this afternoon,” Ferguson said on Thursday.
“We hope that goes according to plan. His agent is in discussions with (United chief executive) David Gill right about now.
“We hope all the things will be tied up, although sometimes medicals do take a bit longer. I am sure he will be available for Monday’s game.”