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Robin van Persie a target for Fenerbahce after Galatasaray drop out

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Galatsaray have pulled out of the race to sign Robin van Persie, however rivals Fenerbahce remain interested.

The Dutch international has one year left on his contract at Old Trafford and faces an uncertain future with boss Louis van Gaal said to be looking at striker alternatives.

Van Persie has been a long-term target for Galatasaray but according to the Mirror, the Turkish champions have pulled out of the race after baulking at his £10 million-per-year salary. That has not been enough to put off their rivals Fenerbahce who are looking to overtake their rivals next season having finished as runners-up this term.

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It has previously been claimed that Manchester United are willing to subsidise Van Persie's wages in order to facilitate a move, although Roma and Lazio have both been put off of a move as well.

Van Persie joined Manchester United from Arsenal in 2012 and helped guide the Red Devils to the title by scoring 26 goals in the league, however he struggled for form and fitness meant he managed just 10 strikes, his lowest tally since the 2009/10 campaign.

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The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a host of top signings in the summer window as they look to bolster their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League, and it is in attack that Van Gaal seemingly has the most problems.

Loans

The Dutchman has already confirmed that Radamel Falcao has returned to Monaco at the end of his loan spell at Old Trafford, and now the Colombian is close to joining Chelsea, meaning Wayne Rooney is his only senior striker.

Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema has been suggested as a possible target, while Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo have been suggested as potential targets.

Opinion

With no deals on the horizon Van Gaal may be forced to keep hold of Van Persie and use him in a back-up role - and the former Bayern Munich boss has reportedly warned his countryman that he must put in the hard yards during pre-season.

Van Persie has managed just 48 appearances in the last two seasons thanks to injury and according to the Daily Mail, Van Gaal has warned that he must adapt to his hardline training regimes to get back to his best.

Manchester United are struggling to land one top level striker this summer so two will be almost impossible - Van Gaal would be better off keeping Van Gaal as a top-level back-up for the next campaign and see where he stands in 12 months time.

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