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Fenerbahce contact Robin van Persie over potential transfer

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Robin van Persie has emerged as a surprise target for Turkish giants Fenerbahce with officials from the club already making contact with the Manchester United striker's representatives, reports talkSPORT.

Citing an article from popular Turkish newspaper Fanatik, the website claims that Van Persie is growing disenchanted with life at Old Trafford just two-and-a-half seasons after joining from Arsenal. He is ready to consider an exit from the club next summer and Fenerbahce are already laying the groundwork.

First contact

Representatives from the Turkish side have notified Van Persie of their interest, but they have been told that a January deal is unlikely. The 31-year-old seems determined to see out the season under Louis van Gaal and rediscover his best form.

Van Persie has been out of sorts when compared to his usually prolific standard. So far, he has scored just three goals in nine starts in the Premier League, again drawing a blank against local rivals Manchester City.

Vote of no confidence

While Radamel Falcao is still regaining full fitness following a serious knee injury, it appears that the Colombian will be preferred to Van Persie once he returns to the team. The Monaco man sat out of the Manchester derby with a minor injury, but is expected to be back for Crystal Palace at the weekend.

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Falcao is currently on loan at Manchester United, but reports suggest that a £44 million deal has already been agreed. Such a move suggests that Van Gaal lacks confidence in the man he made captain of the Netherlands' national team.

Lost motivation

There are also suggestions that Van Persie, earns £200,000-a-week at Manchester United, lost a lot of motivation after Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire in 2013. It is widely recognised that his decision hit Van Persie harder than most in the Old Trafford dressing room and his form since has served to prove that theory.

He scored 12 goals in an injury-ravaged Premier League campaign last season, which is significantly fewer than the 26 he scored in 2012/13. He also assisted just three goals last term compared to eight the season before. 

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