City manager Roberto Mancini has insisted Tevez has played his last game for the club, after revealing the Argentinean refused to come on as a substitute in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.
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In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Tevez has been handed a two-week suspension while the club's legal department assess possible sanctions they can impose on the temperamental striker, with a contract termination yet to be ruled out.
And it now appears that Mancini has identified Van Persie as the perfect addition to his attacking ranks.
Arsenal's Dutch talisman has hit form recently, netting a brace in last weekend's 3-0 win over Bolton, and The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Independent all believe City have now firmly set their sights on him.
At present, Van Persie's contract is set to expire in 2013, and the striker earlier this week declared he was not ready to enter extension talks just yet.