Robin van Persie: Manchester United will spend £200m this summer
Manchester United forward Robin van Persie says he expects the team to spend £200 million ($304.6 million) during this summer's transfer window.
The transfer window starts July 1 and runs until September 1.
Last season, the team signed six players, spending a total of £153 million, including a British record fee of £59.7million on midfielder Angel Di Maria on a transfer from Real Madrid.
Van Persie says that the team, which finished fourth in the Premier League this season, will be spending big again this season.
“United spent £200 million on players last year and they are going to spend another £200 million this summer so we will have a team that can compete for the title,” van Persie said to the Manchester Evening News.
The 31-year-old Van Persie has struggled since signing a £25 million deal with the team in 2012. He had 26 goals in his first season, but scored 12 goals in 2013-14 and had 10 goals and two assists in 25 Premier League games this season, missing significant time earlier in the season because of an ankle injury.
Van Persie has just one year remaining on his current deal at Manchester United and says he will try to compete in as many games as possible next season, deeming himself “fitter than ever.”
"And I know that the more games I play, the more it will help me prepare for the European Championships next summer,” Van Persie said. “I will take everything into consideration when I decide on my future and I know I have to be realistic about the situation."
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