Betting special: What does the future hold for Robin van Persie?

After ending last season as the Premier League's top scorer, the Dutch striker looks set to leave Arsenal and Willie Duncan considers where the striker will go next
Robin van Persie enjoyed a sensational 2011-12 campaign, netting an impressive 37 goals in 48 appearances for Arsenal, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger surely would have been hoping to build his team around the striker for the upcoming season.

Van Persie's prolific strike rate, though, has caught the attention of some of Europe's biggest clubs and it seems as if the frontman, who has enjoyed eight seasons at Arsenal, is set for pastures new when the 2012-13 season gets underway in August.

As speculation intensifies about the forward's future, Sportingbet are offering a market on which club will acquire his sought-after services.

Van Persie may well have been frustrated by a lack of silverware in recent years at the north London club and may opt to follow in the footsteps of former team-mate Samir Nasri by moving to Manchester City in pursuit of success.

Premier League champions City are considered as favourites to secure Van Persie's signature, with Sportingbet chalking them up at 8/11 (1.73) to sign the striker from Arsenal.

The Citizens' city rivals, Manchester United, are also believed to be keen to add the forward to their squad and should Van Persie opt for a move to Manchester, Sportingbet offer an 11/2 (6.50) quote that the striker chooses Old Trafford and not the Etihad as his next destination.

There has been intense speculation over the weekend that the 28-year-old may opt to leave England altogether and pursue a career at Serie A champions Juventus. The Old Lady are believed to be willing to break their own wage structure to match any offer from City and can be backed at 9/2 (5.50) with Sportingbet to lure Van Persie to Serie A.

Should a move to La Liga appeal, Barcelona are at 8/1 (9.00) to sign the Dutch international while Real Madrid are chalked up at 10/1 (11.0) to secure the former Feyenoord striker's services to bolster their Champions League challenge next season.

Van Persie's next move will be noted with considerable interest in the football world and the only certainty appears to be that wherever the striker goes, goals are sure to follow.

Robin van Persie's next club:

Manchester City at 8/11 (1.73) with Sportingbet

Juventus at 9/2 (5.50) with Sportingbet
Manchester United at 11/2 (6.50) with Sportingbet
Barcelona at 8/1 (9.0) with Sportingbet
Real Madrid at 10/1 (11.0) with Sportingbet

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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