Robin van Persie has enjoyed a mixture of highs and lows at Manchester United since signing for the club in a controversial transfer from title rivals Arsenal in 2012.
It now looks as though the Dutch international is set to leave Old Trafford, with Turkish side Fenerbahce looking the most likely destination.
Sir Alex Ferguson made it his priority to bring Van Persie to United in what turned out to be the Scotsman's last season at the club in the summer of 2012. It was a signing that turned out to be incredibly influential in deciding where the Premier League title was going to end up come the end of that campaign.
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Van Persie enjoyed an outstanding first season in Manchester, scoring 26 Premier League goals and finishing as the league's highest goalscorer, winning the Golden Boot whilst also helping the club win their 20th Premier League title.
Dip in form
Despite a successful first season at the club Van Persie has struggled to maintain a similar level of form since Ferguson's retirement at the end of the 2012/13 season. Under David Moyes, we saw glimpses of what Van Persie was consistently showing in the previous season, however, recurring injuries plagued him, leading him to miss a large chunk of the term under Moyes.
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The 2014/15 season under new manager Louis van Gaal was not too dissimilar to that of the previous year. Van Persie struggled to maintain a starting place in the team due to injury, leaving both the Dutch international and United fans frustrated.
Now, at the age of 31, Van Persie's best years are arguably behind him. He played an enormous part in winning United their 20th league honour, but it could be in the club's best interest to cash in on him sooner rather than later.
Not done yet
There is no doubt Van Persie still has a lot to offer, if he can stay fit. He can score goals in any division in world football, but after two injury-hit seasons, and with the high wages attached United might not be wrong for feeling that now is the time to collect money for him whilst he is still recognised as a top international striker.
With the way that Van Gaal set up his United team last season, using just one established forward, Van Persie would more than likely struggle again in this upcoming season to cement a place in the starting line up, primarily due to Wayne Rooney being used in that position.
Van Persie supposedly has many admirers around Europe, having already been linked with moves to Serie A clubs Lazio, Roma and Juventus. However, it now looks as though he will be following former United teammate Nani to the Turkish club Fenerbahçe.
It would be a good move for Van Persie; if he stays fit he will be getting regular first-team football, which at his current age will be crucial for him.
The fans in Turkey are incredibly passionate and treat new players (as seen by the arrival of Nani) as superstars. Maybe this is the move that Van Persie needs in order to restore some confidence in his game, allowing him to enjoy his football for the last few years of his career.
Van Persie has to be considered as a great signing for United based on the fact that without him the club might not have given Sir Alex the departure he deserved. Injuries have unfortunately plagued his past two seasons at the club and he has therefore not been capable of producing the kind of form we saw in his maiden campaign as a Red Devil.
Although it hasn't been confirmed as of yet, it looks like Van Persie's transfer away from Old Trafford is imminent. Perhaps that's not a bad thing for any party involved.
United fans, do you agree that Van Persie's time is up at Old Trafford? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.
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