Saturday March 3 2012
Milan hatch van Persie plan

Milan are thought to be hatching a plan to bring in Arsenal’s Robin van Persie involving Alexandre Pato and Lukas Podolski.

According to reports in the Italian media, van Persie is the number one transfer target for the summer and the Gunners may well be forced to sell if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.

It is rumoured that the Rossoneri are ready to sell Pato to Paris Saint-Germain for around €35m – a sum that was initially rejected in January – in order to raise funds for this move.

In turn, Arsenal have already got their sights set on van Persie’s replacement, FC Köln and Germany striker Podolski.

The London club face Milan in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie on Tuesday evening.

The first leg ended 4-0 at San Siro, but today Arsenal fought back to beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield. Mikel Arteta was stretchered off with concussion and is therefore unlikely to feature next week.