Robin van Persie would be very successful if he leaves Manchester United for Fenerbahce this summer, according to former teammate Nani.
The Portuguese playmaker himself officially signed for the Turkish giants earlier on today, ending an eight-year affiliation with United, and it could well be that Van Persie follows him in moving to the eastern edge of Europe.
Van Persie has been hotly linked with Fenerbahce following reports that Louis van Gaal might look to replace him this summer, and so naturally Nani was posed a question as to both the feasibility of the move happening and how adequately the union would suffice if it went through.
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Nani, though admitting he hadn’t spoken to the former Arsenal captain, stated that he shared a good relationship with the United striker and also threw his backing behind the potential move happening.
"I haven't had the chance to talk with Robin van Persie yet," Nani said, as Goal relay.
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"But if he comes to Fenerbahce, I am sure that he will be very successful.
"I know Robin very well and it would be right decision if Fenerbahce sign him."
Indeed it appears that Van Gaal will have a tough decision to make on Van Persie’s future before the end of the summer.
The Dutch forward looked a shadow of his usually potent self last term and since he is sitting the wrong side of 30 it remains to be seen whether he can galvanise himself in order to be United’s primary forward.
If Van Gaal deems that he can’t then there’s every chance he will sell him whilst the player still retains a decent price-tag. It can be assured that Fenerbahce will be amongst the leading suitors if that does transpire to be the case.
Difficulty in a deal
One would have to assume that Van Persie would be more than able to do the business in the Turkish Super Lig, even if he does appear to have lost some of the venom that made him feared on a global spectrum.
Last season aside his stats from his time in England have been breathtaking, and the standard of football he’d be playing would represent a very obvious decline. Therein may lie the difficulty in Fenerbahce getting a deal done however, with Van Persie a good deal further up the Old Trafford pecking order than Nani was.
The 31-year-old may have ambitions that his would-be club simply can’t cater for, and wages may also be a problem given that he’s earning over £200,000-a-week at the moment.
United fans, do you think there’s a chance Van Persie will leave you for Fenerbahce this summer? Let us know what side of the fence you’re sitting on in the comments box below.