Speaking at the launch of a sponsorship deal between United and bwin, SAF said:
“We are delighted with that [the van Persie deal] of course.
“He’s not signed yet, but a fee has been agreed. He’s on his way up from London and will have a medical later this afternoon. Hopefully that goes according to plan.
“His agent is also in discussion with David Gill. Hopefully all these things will be tied up by the end of the day.
“But sometimes medicals take a little longer and it may carry on until tomorrow. But I’m sure he will be available for Monday’s game.”
Ferguson said he was relishing the chance to partner Wayne Rooney with van Persie in attack for United – at Everton on Monday.
“Rooney and van Perise are two fantastic players and it’s great to have both of them. What it gives us is more strength and combinations up front. Going back to the 1999 season, we had Yorke, Cole, Sheringham and Solskjaer, the four best strikers in Europe.
“We’re getting towards that now with Wayne, Robin, Chicharito and Danny Welbeck. It’s a fantastic collection of players. I just hope I pick the right combinations.
“It’s great to have a player of van Persie’s quality to come into the squad as it is. I’m really pleased.”
It will be interesting to see how Fergie balances van Persie, Rooney, Welbeck and Hernandez and keeps them all happy. But I would have to expect that his preferred striking partnership will be van Persie and Rooney.