Manchester United will be offered the chance to sell Robin van Persie next summer by Inter Milan, with new Nerazzurri boss Roberto Mancini ready to offer the Dutchman a fresh challenge when the current campaign concludes.
Mancini is a huge admirer of Van Persie and tried to sign the gifted striker when he was manager of Manchester City back in 2012, but was left extremely frustrated as the former Arsenal captain chose United in a £24 million deal.
Van Persie has largely been lethal when fit during a successful spell with United, but there's no question he's fallen well short of his own standards so far this season and now is struggling to justify a whopping £250,000-a-week contract.
Serie A move nearly happened once before
Since Louis van Gaal took charge at the Theatre of Dreams the 31-year-old has scored just three times, with last weekend's win over Arsenal serving as a reminder that the forward is struggling to find his role within a changed system under the experienced Dutchman.
Van Persie turned down a move to Serie A with Juventus while still at the very peak of his powers, but in the autumn of a superb career the slower pace and emphasis on technical qualities in Italy may well suit his game perfectly.
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United definitely face a difficult decision over whether to keep Van Persie for the final year of his contract next season, but the lingering threat of having to pay the veteran a whopping £10 million for seeing out his four-year deal could make their minds up.
Van Gaal will also be forced to make a call on whether Radamel Falcao is up to the rigours of playing in the Premier League once his season-long loan expires, a decision which could ultimately decide if Van Persie stays at United next season.
United may need to offer Van Persie a new contract
The Telegraph believe that Inter are serious about signing Van Persie, with Mancini the driving force behind that interest as he looks to turn a hugely under-performing squad into genuine Scudetto contenders once again.
Van Persie need only call his former captain Nemanja Vidic to find out about life in Milan, although the Serbian enforcer has endured a very difficult start to his Serie A career.
One suspects that Van Persie would adapt far more quickly, which means if Van Gaal sees his former national team captain as a pivotal part of his long-term plans he may need to offer the striker a new contract to stop the Inter deal materialising next year.
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