Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood admits the club could lose star striker Robin Van Persie this summer if a mega-offer is made from another club.
The Dutch hitman, who scored 30 Premier League goals in a sensational Premier League season for the Gunners, has 12 months left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium and could leave for free at the end of the 2012/13 season if a new agreement isn’t reached.
That leaves manager Arsene Wenger with a decision if a new deal can’t be agreed, and speculation is rife that the north London outfit may have to sell their prized asset after Euro 2012.
Hill-Wood remains optimistic that both parties can still come to an agreement, but admits the 29-year-old could be lured away by a massive contract offer elsewhere.
“He is vital to us and has been an extremely good captain. But, if somebody comes along and offers Robin £250,000 a week, then I am afraid we cannot compete with that,” Hill-Wood told The Sun.
“With players, you never know what they are going to do. Some players say they want silverware but when they have the chance to earn extraordinary money that has been pumped into the game, then you just have to hope they will stay because they are happy and loyal where they are."
Having signed for £2.5 million from Feyenoord in 2004, Van Persie has spent eight-years in the capital.
A lack of recent silverware could be a decisive factor in the decision ‘RVP’ makes, but Hill-Wood points to the arrival of German international Lukas Podolski as a sign that the club are looking to move in the right direction, and can challenge for the title next season.
“Hopefully we can reach agreement with Robin and ideally he will extend his contract. We have already brought in one new player in Lukas Podolski and I believe we will bring in more. I am confident we will, in fact,” the chairman continued.
“I just hope that Robin will be with us next season because I genuinely feel we can make a real challenge for the Premier League title.
“We had an atrocious start to last season but we recovered to finish third which was a marvellous achievement when you look at the problems that we had with injuries.”