Arsenal have given themselves a four-day window to resolve Robin van Persie’s future.
Van Persie in duty for Arsenal against Wigan
The Holland striker is entering the final 12 months of his contract and the Gunners are desperate to tie him to a new four-year deal worth in the region of £120,000 per week.
Arsenal have stood by Van Persie’s wish to postpone talks over a new deal until the end of the season - which falls on May 13 when they travel to West Bromwich Albion -
but, as it stands, he is due to meet up with his international team-mates at a pre-Euro 2012 training camp in Switzerland on May 17.
That leaves the north London club facing up to the prospect of trying to agree a deal with Van Persie and his advisors in four days.
Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Friday: ‘Robin’s future will be sorted out at the end of the season. Do we want it done by the start of the European Championships? Yes.’
It is understood that there is a growing confidence among the Arsenal hierarchy that their captain will commit his future to the club. But whether they can thrash out a suitable package within those four days remains to be seen.
Holland would prefer their No 1 striker to be fully focused on their European Championship campaign, so conducting contract talks while on international duty is not a scenario Bert van Marwijk would be thrilled about.
Likewise, Arsenal are keen to avoid another summer of transfer speculation regarding one of their top talents.
Edited: COSMOS CHUKWUEMEKA