But City face competition as Barcelona and Paris St Germain have joined the chase for the highly-rated Dutchman.
A Barca source told The Sun: “We expect a very hot summer in the transfer market.”
Barcelona are reportedly prepared to sell David Villa to finance their bid for Van Persie.
Manchester United and Juventus are also both monitoring the 28-year-old’s situation at the Emirates.
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The start of the 2017-18 Premier League season is just around the corner and is shaping up to be one of the most competitive yet.
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