Wenger would have preferred to sell Van Persie to PSG
PARIS (AFP) - Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said he would have preferred to sell star striker Robin van Persie to Paris St Germain (PSG) rather than Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Van Persie is expected to complete his move to Old Trafford within the next 24 hours after Arsenal accepted a bid of around 22 million pounds (S$43.1 million) for their captain.
To have sold the Dutch international to a rival team was "a negative point, which we wanted to avoid at any price, but we could not", Wenger said in a video released by French broadcaster TF1, for whom he does football commentary.
"Honestly, I would have preferred to have sold him overseas, to PSG for example, rather than Manchester United.