Manchester United have been secretly talking to Turkish outfit Fenerbahce over the transfer of striker Robin van Perise since January, claims Dutch hero Pierre van Hooijdonk.
As reported by the Mirror, Van Hooijdonk has insisted that the Red Devils are looking to offload the forward in an attempt to receive a fee for his services.
Van Persie, of course, is set to run out of his current deal in Manchester at the end of the 2015/16 campaign, however could now be forced out of the club sooner rather than later.
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The Dutch international endured a tricky campaign under the guidance of Louis van Gaal last term, as he failed to produce the goods on a consistent basis. In truth, the 31-year-old has failed to shine since his debut season with the club, when he helped the Red Devils secure the Premier League title in Sir Alex Ferguson's final term in charge.
Now, though, Van Hooijdonk believes his compatriot is in a difficult situation at the club, and should look to move on in this transfer window ahead of Euro 2016.
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He stated: "As early as January of this year, I received information from Turkey about Robin and Fenerbahce. The minute this information came, you knew that United had sent people to test the water for a move.
“Agents and others were searching for big clubs who are prepared to pay the high fee involved for van Persie. Robin’s contract expires next year, so this is the moment when United can still get money for him.
“Van Persie is in a difficult situation. To the outside world he says he is happy to stay and I can understand this. But Robin has the feeling that United want to get rid of him.
“A big club in England, Spain or Germany is a more attractive option. Until the player realises that behind his back the two clubs have done a big deal.
“That is the moment the pressure is put on. You are almost forced to go to the club where your employer has struck a deal. This is what I mean with games being played right now.”
“Of course the money is good, life is good in Istanbul, but it is not a big football league in Europe we are talking about.
“There is a lot at stake right now for Robin. He could be heading for his last Euro tournament in France next summer. So he needs to play a lot in the 10 months before the Euros."
Van Gaal relationship
In fact, the Dutchman claims that Van Persie's relationship with Van Gaal isn't as good as it previously was when they were working together with the Dutch national side.
He continued by saying: “I have a feeling that his relationship with Louis van Gaal is not as good as it was when they were both having cosy chats looking at players in the stands in Holland.
“I would advise Robin to leave United this summer. All the signals are there that the club wants to sell him. So he has to get out on time.”
Van Persie certainly can't underestimate the decision he has to make on the transfer scene this summer. At the end of the day, if Manchester United officials really want him out, then it's going to prove difficult for him to stay on at the club.
It's very much dependent, though, on Van Persie's thought process, and whether he's up for the challenge of fighting for his place at the Theatre of Dreams. Of course, he will be thinking about Euro 2016, but he will also be desperate to secure one more Premier League title before his departure from English soil.
If Van Persie still believes he has more to offer United, then perhaps he should stick it out for one final year.
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