Friday 10 July 2015

RVP: Fenerbahce begin talks to sign United striker

Turkish side Fenerbahce have opened talks to sign Manchester United striker Robin van Persie. 

Van Persie, 31, moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal for £24m in 2012 and scored 30 goals in an outstanding first season with the Reds to help United to the Premier League title in 2012/13.

But the Dutchman, with one year left on his contract, has struggled with injury and form and scored only 10 goals last season. 

Ex-United team mate Nani joined the Turkish Super Lig runners up for £4.25m on Monday.

RVP's departure would leave us with only two fit first-choice strikers in skipper Wayne Rooney and young burgeoning talent James Wilson.

Colombia forward Radamel Falcao, who spent last season on loan at United, has joined Chelsea while Javier Hernandez is recovering from a fractured collarbone.

Recent £31m signing Memphis Depay, though primarily a winger, could play a central role, with Van Gaal having previously spoken of the Netherlands international's "versatility".
He played both as a striker and as winger at PSV last season and scored 22 goals.

RVP is the Dutch team's all time top scorer with 49 goals in 98 games, a tally which includes THAT brilliant diving header against Spain in their World Cup opener last summer as they finished third.

He began his career in England with a stellar spell at Arsenal, where he netted 132 goals in 278 appearances for the Gunners.
He has scored 58 times in 105 games for United, but it seems as though his spell at the club is drawing to a close. 

Although the past two seasons have been somewhat disappointing, RVP will always have a fond place in United's fans hearts for his role in the 20th title (who can forget that injury time winner to shut up the neighbours in December 2012, just one of many memorable moments).

Best of luck in Turkey, Robin...

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