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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Summer 2016 is set to be a very exciting time for football fans, as this is when the long awaited Euro 2016 tournament kicks off.
Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.