Manchester United to sell Robin van Persie if Gonzalo Higuain signs

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Manchester United are ready to sell Robin van Persie this summer but only if they can agree a deal for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, reports The Sunday Mail.

Juventus have been long-term admirers in the 31-year-old Dutchman and are ready to consider renewing their attempts to sign him this summer.

Louis van Gaal is not ready to give up on his compatriot, but will not be able to offer him first-team football if Higuain arrives at Old Trafford.

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Van Persie has just 12 months remaining on his £250,000-a-week contract and Manchester United would be forced to pay him £10m if he sees out those terms.

But while the striker impressed under Sir Alex Ferguson, he has failed to find consistent form and fitness under both David Moyes and Van Gaal.

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Release clause

Higuain, 27, is seen as a better alternative to the ageing Van Persie but could cost the Red Devils as much as €100m to sign from Napoli.

His release clause is set at the nine-figure sum, but Manchester United would surely be confident of securing his signature for under that figure.


However, Napoli will fight tooth and nail to keep their star man in Serie A. Having already lost Rafa Benitez to Real Madrid, they want to steady what is sure to be a rocking ship at the Stadio San Paolo.

Should Manchester United fail to land Higuain than Van Gaal may choose to keep Van Persie at the club, but that doesn't mean he will be offered a new contract.


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