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Barcelona interested in January move for Robin van Persie

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Champions League winners Barcelona are reportedly interested in frustrated Fenerbahce forward Robin van Persie.

The Mirror are reporting that the Catalan club are offering the 32-year-old a way out of his Turkish nightmare, as they look to invest in January.

The move has been likened to a sort of 'Henrik Larsson' style signing - a player with a proven track-record who can have a short-term impact and provide much-needed support to their striking options.

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UNHAPPY

It has possibly been the bleakest few months in Robin van Persie's career. Even during his injury-ravaged 2009/10 season at Arsenal, where he missed 33 games for the Gunners, he couldn't have felt as bad as he does now.

He arrived in Turkey as a hero, a player recruited by last season's Super Lig runners-up to propel them on to greater things both domestically and in Europe.

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It looked to be a real coup for the Istanbul-based giants, but Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira has been reluctant to play Van Persie from the start, instead favouring last season's Super Lig top-goalscorer Fernandão.

The Dutchman's lack of game time has been well documented, and the videos of him failing to celebrate a Fenerbahce goal while on the bench have gone viral. He has seemingly lost his mojo, his winning mentality and his passion for the game.

His problems with Fenerbahce were compounded by further misery with Holland, as they failed to qualify for next summer's European Championships in France. Danny Blind's side lost 3-2 at home in the final match of the group stage against eventual winners, the Czech Republic.

Holland's all-time record goalscorer found himself, once again, warming the bench as the under-performing Man United attacker Memphis Depay supported Klaas-Jan Huntelaar up front for the Oranje.

At 2-0 down, the former United man was introduced, however, he dealt his nation a crushing blow by heading the ball into his own net to make the score 3-0. The match finished 3-2 and the team who came third at last summer's World Cup ended up fourth in the group. 

After such disappointment with the national team, most players will be going back to their clubs hoping to make a fresh start. Van Persie may not be too thrilled about the prospect of watching his Fenerbahce team from the sidelines. 

What's for sure is that if his situation doesn't change at Fener, RvP, will be on the first plane out of Istanbul come January.

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