Robin van Persie has been a brilliant asset to Manchester United since he made that controversial switch from Arsenal in 2012. But with one Premier League title and a Community Shield final victory under his belt, maybe the Dutch striker feels it's time to move on.
Van Persie made it clear when he made the switch to United that he went there to win trophies. At the moment, however, Louis van Gaal's side aren't in with a chance of securing any.
Therefore, Van Persie may want to move on to bigger things. He isn't getting any younger, and with the 31-year-old nearing the end of his career he will surely want to get another trophy to his name before he retires.
It's not as if clubs wouldn't be interested in the United striker; he is one of the most lethal finishers in world football and wouldn't cost as much as someone of similar talent due to his age.
There were rumours before the start of this season that Italian giants Juventus wanted to secure the signature of the Dutchman, but of course, the move never materialised. Surely Van Persie couldn't go to another Premier League club; Chelsea don't exactly have a lack of quality up-front and a move back to Arsenal is simply unthinkable.
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The only club that Van Persie may be interested in joining is Liverpool; summer signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert aren't exactly hitting their full potential and Van Persie obviously has no problem moving between rival teams as the switch to United demonstrates, so a move to the Merseyside club is a possibility.
Away from the Premier League
However, you just cannot imagine him moving once more in the Premier League, a switch to a foreign side looks a lot more likely. As mentioned, Juventus could possibly be trying to hunt the striker down and I think it would be the right move for Van Persie if he does decide to move on. He has been in the Premier League for so long; maybe it's time for him to experience a different division and playing style.
If Radamel Falcao decides he wants to permanently sign for United come the end of his loan spell, the exit door could well be left open for Van Persie. The Red Devils already have an ageing attack, so the money they could get for the Dutchman would go towards a much younger talent.
Nonetheless, the 31-year-old doesn't exactly seem unhappy at United; of course, he will be disappointed at recent performances and their position in the league, but the raw emotion and passion he displayed when he netted that stoppage time equaliser against Chelsea suggests he loves the club he is currently at.
United fans would hope that Van Persie doesn't make a move come the summer or even the January transfer window; he is adored by the supporters due to his incredible first season at the club, in which he fired The Red Devils to their 20th Premier League title practically by himself.
United would certainly be losing a world class player if Van Persie decided to leave, but maybe Van Gaal has to start thinking about the future of his strike force and sign a promising, upcoming centre-forward to fill the boots of the Dutch striker.
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