Robin van Persie almost joined Glasgow Rangers before signing for Arsenal | inside World Soccer

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has revealed how he almost joined Glasgow Rangers before finally signing for Arsenal back in 2004.

Van Persie's compatriot Dick Advocaat was the general manager at Rangers in 2002, and had convinced the Dutchman to move to Ibrox.

Things were set in motion, but in the end Rangers couldn't stump up the cash and the move eventually collapsed.

Speaking in an interview on BT Sport, the 31-year-old said: "Years and years ago I still playing for Feyenoord and I was interested in a move to Rangers.

"I spoke to Dick Advocaat and he was interested and I was interested and I was ready to go.

"But they first needed to sell one player before they could buy me, I don't know how it was.

"So I was ready to go, I think I was 19 and in the end I went to Arsenal."

Arsène Wenger eventually brought him to Arsenal two years later in a £3 million deal, and turned him into one of Europe's deadliest strikers.


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