United and Chelsea monitoring van Persie - reports

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Manchester United and Chelsea are monitoring the contract situation of Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, it has been claimed.

The Dutch striker has 18 months to run on his current deal but will not enter into talks regarding an extension until the New Year.

According to The Guardian, both Chelsea and Manchester United retain an interest in van Persie, who has been in sensational form this year.

The 28-year-old has found the net for Arsenal 11 times already this term, while he has 40 goals in his last 44 appearances for club and country.

This, it would appear, has seen Andre Villas-Boas and Sir Alex Ferguson take note, with Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford now touted as potential destinations, should van Persie decide against extending his Arsenal stay.

Arsenal will, of course, be at loathe to let their skipper leave - particularly to a direct rival like Chelsea or United.

Van Persie has, however, given encouraging indications suggesting he will remain with Arsenal, who are reportedly willing to increase his wages by around £20,000-per-week.

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