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Roberto Mancini has admitted defeat in his pursuit of Arsenal’s Robin van Persie.

The Italian has been desperate to bring the striker to the Etihad but have faced stiff competition from Manchester United and Serie A giants Juventus.

And after it emerged that Sir Alex Ferguson had stayed in Britain while his team were in Norway in a bid to force through a £20million deal for the Dutchman, Mancini has revealed his club are no longer in the race.

When asked about the Gunners star, the City boss said: ‘Van Persie? No, I don’t think he will come here.’

United now expect to get the coveted signature of last season’s Premier League top goalscorer by the time the new campaign kicks off on August 19.

The club also expect to add young Brazilian Lucas Moura to their ranks in the coming days.

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