Chelsea should plot summer bid for Robin van Persie

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It's been another difficult and testing week for Manchester United, with Tuesday's utterly dismal 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos marking another new low for David Moyes' short time at the club.

Such a disappointing and morale-sapping loss has been followed by days of headlines surrounding Robin van Persie, with the talismanic striker - who spurned undoubtedly the best chance of the night for the visitors when he blasted over from inside the box - appearing to criticise his teammates during a post-match interview with Dutch TV.

Van Persie's surprising and somewhat baffling comments appear to have raised yet more question marks over his future. Let's not forget, this is not the first time that rumours of his apparent unhappiness under Moyes have spread.

Currently it is former club Arsenal - from whom Van Persie joined Manchester United back during the summer of 2012 - who have been suggested as a potential destination for the player if he were to depart Old Trafford.

However, one particular club that I am extremely surprised are yet to be linked with a potential swoop for Van Persie could be a more ideal destination - Chelsea.

Before the inevitable stream of abuse heads in my direction, hear me out. Personally, I believe Manchester United would be very foolish indeed to sanction any departure for a player of Van Persie's obvious quality this summer - let me make that abundantly clear.

If the club's underwhelming and lifeless form continues until the end of the season, then Moyes' popularity will presumably have reached its lowest ebb by the time the transfer window re-opens during the summer and relinquishing undoubtedly one of his best assets would only damage his creaking reputation further.

However, if Van Persie is not content at the club - again, this is all hypothetical and we are making presumptions based on what his comments appear to suggest - then would it really make sense for Manchester United to keep him there purely to save face?

After all, with rumours suggesting that Moyes could be handed an eye-watering £200m transfer kitty this summer, it hardly seems as if they won't have access to the appropriate funds required to bring in a suitable replacement.

Arsenal's apparent position as potential suitors is baffling, given that Van Persie's departure from North London was greeted by abuse and sheer vitriolic anger by the same fans who had gleefully chanted his name only weeks before.

Those particular wounds appear just too deep to heal, which is why it is frankly impossible to envisage a realistic scenario in which he could return to the Emirates Stadium and heal such a rift.

But Chelsea is another matter entirely.

Despite Jose Mourinho's men holding a slender one-point advantage at the summit of the Premier League, the uninspiring and inconsistent form of their current striking trio - Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba - has been an irritating nuisance all season long.

Van Persie, who has proven himself time-and-time again as a reliable and often unstoppable goal scorer at Premier League level when he has been fully fit over the last decade, has vast experience of English football and would not require the same bedding in period of a Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa or Edinson Cavani.

With all the unrest and uncertainty that is currently plaguing both Manchester United and Van Persie, Chelsea should test the waters this summer with an offer for his services.

Why not? What's the worst that could happen - they get rejected and have to move on to another star target that they can lavish millions of pounds upon.

I'm not saying it should be their only option, far from it. But it's worth a try in the present climate, surely.

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