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Robin van Persie lined up as Galatasaray's next strike star

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is being monitored closely by Turkish giants Galatasaray as they consider a long-term replacement for current strike star Didier Drogba, according to MyNet Sport.

Van Persie's future has been the subject of persistent speculation in recent weeks, with Monaco, Chelsea and the Dutch striker's former club Arsenal all mentioned in connection with a summer swoop for the feared forward.

Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini has come up against Van Persie during his time in the Premier League with Manchester City, with Mynet reporting that the Italian is a long-term admirer of the striker and would love to sign him this summer.

The Turkish giants are actively searching for a new leading forward thanks to Drogba's widely-expected departure at the close of the campaign, with the Ivorian legend eyeing a lucrative move to Major League Soccer.

Van Persie fits the bill in terms of star power and Champions League experience, although United are yet to indicate that last season's top scorer is available for transfer.

The 30-year-old has more than two years left on his contract at Old Trafford, but without Champions League football next season may want to move elsewhere and maximize his final few years at the top of the game.

High wages would not be a problem in Gala's pursuit of the Premier League marksman, although Mancini's men are still very much maintaining a watching brief rather than launching a concrete offer at this stage.

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