Manchester United 'will spend £200m' this summer, Robin van Persie reveals

The Dutch striker may not be there to see the new arrivals, admitting he must be 'realistic' about his own future

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Robin van Persie has revealed Manchester United's level of desire to close the gap on Chelsea next season, suggesting the club will spend £200m this summer on new players.

The club spent big this time last year after a disastrous season under David Moyes in which the club finished seventh in the Premier League. The arrivals of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera, Luka Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind had varying impacts but collectively ensured the club returned to the Champions League.

Having achieved the minimum requirement expected of him, Louis van Gaal will be targeting the title next season and according to compatriot Van Persie, will be given the funding to help the bid.

"United spent £200m on players last year and they are going to spend another £200m this summer so we will have a team that can compete for the title," the Dutch striker said between the Netherland's post-season fixtures, the latest of which saw them lose 4-3 to the USA.

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Manchester United have been linked with a number of targets, including a new goalkeeper if David De Gea departs, Daniel Alves, Raheem Sterling, Dante, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Whilst new arrivals look a certainty, the future of Van Persie himself is unsure. With one year remaining on his contract it's thought the club could look to sell the former Arsenal striker rather than letting him leave for free in 12 months, The player himself is also considering his position.

"It is my ambition to play as many games as possible (next season). I feel fitter than ever," he said.

"And I know that the more games I play, the more it will help me prepare for the European Championships [in France] next summer.

"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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