Robin van Persie will seek a transfer away from Manchester United if the club are unable to secure any signings of repute during the summer, according to former Netherlands international Ronald de Boer.
Van Persie’s future at Old Trafford has been the subject of frequent speculation of late, particularly after the striker was critical of his teammates in the wake of the lacklustre Champions League defeat to Olympiakos.
David Moyes is likely to invest significantly during the summer transfer window in order to revive the fortunes of Manchester United but, if he fails to do so, De Boer believes that Van Persie will request to leave Old Trafford.
“Man United need to refresh their squad,” De Boer told talkSPORT. “Some of their players have had fantastic careers but it’s time to move over and let some youngsters come through.
“Robin feels that, if this is happening, he will of course stay. But, if there’s no investment in new, young, great players from other clubs, then he will move.”
The failings of Manchester United on the field are also contributing significantly to Van Persie’s concerns, with the club in severe danger of missing out on a place in European competition next term.
It is not just the poor form that irks Van Persie, says De Boer, but also the manner in which the team are going about their football - something that must be addressed in order for the Dutchman to commit to the club.
“Van Persie wants to compete for trophies and everything this year looks out of sight,” he added
“It’s very disappointing for a player of his quality. I don’t think he’s enjoying the football Man United are playing.
“He’s a team player but he likes to play beautiful football and that isn't the case at the moment.
“I know he’s come in for criticism but that’s normal when you’re the star player. People expect a lot from you.”
Aresenal could be a potential suitor for Van Persie were he to decide to pursue a move, with Arsene Wenger reported to have already met with the agent of the 30-year-old to discuss a return to the Emirates Stadium.