While Robin van Persie does star jumps, lunges, push-ups, press-ups, sit ups, light jogs, fast jogs, sprints and all manner of other painful exercises while Steve Bould cracks the whip (hopefully literally) in Germany, his future continues to make headlines back home.
Having admitted a couple of weeks ago that United had lodged a bid with Arsenal for the Dutchman it was only a matter of time before Sir Alex Ferguson again spoke on the matter.
Quizzed after his side’s pre-season friendly with Barcelona, the Scot blathered on about the fact that the Gunners had yet to send Van Persie to Old Trafford with a fucking bow in his hair.
“We’ve made a bid, they [Arsenal] have been trying to negotiate with other clubs,” he confirmed.
“I don’t have a gut feeling about it. We can’t get a breakthrough with Arsenal.
“I don’t know what Arsenal’s thoughts are because they’re not giving anything away.
“It’s difficult to say why they’re operating this way. I can’t give you any more information. We just have to persevere.
“We are trying our best and hopefully it will come our way but there’s no progress at this moment in time.”
For what it’s worth I’m sure Ferguson is genuinely a bit peeved at the fact Arsene is taking his time; having lost out on Nasri and Lucas Moura he’s fully aware that money, not ambition, talks and that a big offer from City could easily see him gazumped again.
That being said there’s nothing wrong with Arsenal taking things slowly. Not only are United one of our most bitter rivals, they’re also (and the facts speak for themselves) less likely to offer the most lucrative deal.
Of course, somewhere in the media some bell will start fawning over the whisky-soaked Scot claiming this is all ‘mind games’. Meh.
Ferguson may well be playing his cards close to his chest, but at this moment in time it doesn’t matter because Arsene is indulging in a game of chess.