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Robin van Persie to hold showdown transfer talks with Louis van Gaal

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Robin van Persie will hold showdown talks with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal amidst doubts over his future at Old Trafford.

The Dutch striker struggle for form and fitness last season, netting just 10 goals in the Premier League - his worst return since the 2009/10 season.

Van Persie's contract expires next year and there has been plenty of speculation over his future which was further fuelled after he was spotted arriving in Italy yesterday amidst reports of a switch to Serie A.

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The former Arsenal man admitted recently that he was considering his options ahead of the summer window, and according to the Mirror he could make his mind up either way after holding talks with Van Gaal.

Van Persie will reportedly tell Van Gaal that he isn't willing to play a back-up role behind Wayne Rooney next season, and that could prompt a move away from the Red Devils. The Manchester United boss has already sent Radamel Falcao back to Monaco at the end of his loan spell, and has been linked with a host of top names including Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Juventus are reportedly leading the race to sign Van Persie if he does indeed decide to move, and will make an offer worth around £5 million. However Van Persie recently suggested that while he won't be happy playing second fiddle, he could stay put because his family are settled in Manchester.

"Difficult"

"It’s a strange, difficult situation," he said. "A new situation, that’s a better word. I have to think in a realistic way. It’s my ambition to play the next years.

"I’m thinking about my family and my children with every decision I take. These are very important for me. I’m a real family guy. I think it’s fantastic to see how happy my children and wife are. That’s something I take into consideration when I’m thinking about my future.”

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