Barca keep tabs on RVP contract talks

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Barcelona are keeping tabs on Robin Van Persie’s contract negotiations with a view of swooping for the Dutch forward if talks break down, according to


Van Persie has been in spectacular form this season and was comfortably the Premier League’s top scorer with 30 goals to his name, helping Arsenal secure third place and automatic qualification for the Champions League in the process.


Despite his success this season Van Persie has stalled over signing a new deal that would extend his stay at the Emirates beyond the end of his current contract which expires next summer, amid interest from some of Europe’s leading teams.


Speaking after Arsenal’s 3-2 victory over West Brom on Sunday that secured third place, Van Persie remained non-committal over his future, saying only that he will love Arsenal ‘whatever happens’.


“I have been playing here for eight years and I love this club. Whatever happens that will never change," he said after the win at the Hawthorns.


“We'll sit down next week. Arsenal is a massive club, whatever happens I'll always love this club.”


Now Mundodeportivo are reporting that Barcelona are ready and waiting to swoop for Van Persie if the Dutch International hints he is unwilling to commit his future to the Gunners.


It is also claimed that Real Madrid are interested in signing Van Persie, who remains keen on sorting his future before the start of the Netherland’s Euro 2012 campaign on June 9, although Jose Mourinho may not be keen if Gonzalo Higuain stays at the Bernabeu.


Manchester City and Juventus have also been linked with the 28-year-old this season.

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