Manchester City will not break the bank in order to land Robin van Persie this summer as the Ducthcman’s former Arsenal team-mate, Kolo Toure, now at City, urged him to head to the Etihad Stadium.
Van Persie stunned the Gunners earlier this week when he announced on his official website that he would not be signing a new deal that would keep him at the Emirates Stadium beyond next summer.
The Dutchman, who under-performed at Euro 2012, looks set to leave Arsenal with City and Juventus leading the race for his signature, although the Gunners may choose to force him to run down his deal before allowing him to leave for free next summer.
Some reports suggest City have already agreed terms with the player and are now seeking to agree a fee with Arsenal, however Goal.com reports the reigning Premier League champions are not willing to go above their basic wage ceiling in order to land the Dutch hitman, something which could prove to be an obstacle in any potential deal.
City are said to be mindful of the impending Financial Fair Play regulations set to be imposed by Uefa, although they will still offer Van Persie the chance to take home anything up to £198,000-per-week.
Having played alongside Van Persie before making the move to City in 2009, Toure believes the Citizens should move heaven and earth in order to land last season’s leading Premier League scorer.
"Robin is a top player. I've played with him, I know him and he's a great man," Toure is reported as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
"At City we have great players and the club does what it wants in transfers. But for me, if Robin comes it's great because I know what he can do.
"You have to build your squad every year to do better; to win the Champions League is very difficult as we have seen."