Manchester United striker an option for Barca

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is a potential transfer option for Barcelona in January, according to reports.

Sport newspaper in Spain has the Dutch hitman on the front-page of their paper, claiming the marksman could potentially move to Catalonia if he decides to abandon the Red Devils.

The headline comes just 24 hours after reports surfaced in England claiming the forward had handed in a transfer request - claims that David Moyes subsequently described as 'absolute nonsense'.

However, Sport reported earlier in the week that Barcelona will be looking at their attacking options in the New Year, and if 'RVP' becomes available the La Liga leaders will be keeping a keen eye on him.

The paper goes on to describe Van Persie as a potential 'new' Henrik Larsson for manager Gerardo Martino, with a slightly older striker helping some of the Blaugrana youngsters in their development.

Whilst Moyes dismissed speculation yesterday (Saturdy), the reports are the last thing Manchester United manager Moyes needs following another defeat.

The Scot has found life tough at Old Trafford after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Red Devils now lying ninth in the Premier League table after consecutive home defeats.

Van Persie has just returned from injury, and hits fitness and form could be key to a potential Manchester United revival. Losing the Dutchman would be beyond comprehension for supporters, and is likely to appeal even less to the under-fire manager.

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