Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is considering selling Dutch striker Robin van Persie this summer as he remains unconvinced that the forward can get back to his best in the future.
The former Arsenal captain has struggled with injuries this season and only has two goals to his name in 2015. As a result it’s been speculated that he could be past his best, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign at the helm the last time he can boast to have been amongst the elite forwards in the Premier League.
30 goals Van Persie got that season, but he only managed 18 last term and this year looks on course for considerably less. At 31 that doesn’t bode well in terms of statistics and Van Gaal will be all too aware that he’s under pressure to ensure United have a 20-goal-a-season striker leading the line as of next year.
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Suitors for RVP
Indeed according to The Guardian the Dutch coach is unsure over whether or not Van Persie will be offered a new deal at Old Trafford despite the fact the player wants one.
His current contract is due to expire in 2016, by which time he’ll be 32, meaning that if United do want to cash in on him and make anything back worth having they’ll have to do so at the end of this year.
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If that is the route they want to go down then there’s sure to be interest from around Europe in his signature. Turkish giants Galatasaray and Fenerbahce have both been linked with moves for him in the past, whilst other suitors could duly emerge if it becomes apparent this is to be his last season for United.
Getting Van Persie off the books
With Van Persie currently earning £240,000-a-week at Old Trafford it makes sense for Van Gaal to offload him if he doesn’t plan on using him on a weekly basis next season.
Neither he nor the on-loan Radamel Falcao can claim to have left a lasting impact during Van Gaal’s debut year in England and so there can be no complaints if the 63-year-old comes to the conclusion that he wants a frontline makeover.
United's strike force
In any case Van Gaal will have decision to make regarding his strike force next year, particularly if United can secure Champions League football - they need one point from their final two games to do so.
The young James Wilson will be looking to earn himself more game-time, whilst Wayne Rooney might become an out and out forward again if Van Gaal is satisfied with his midfield options.
United fans, does Van Persie deserve a new contract or should Van Gaal sell him on this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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