Galatasaray have made contact with Manchester United to discuss the possibility of taking Robin van Persie to the Turk Telekom Arena this summer, according to the Super Lig giants' board member Cuneyt Tanman.
The senior official divulged secret information in an interview with Turkish news website Milliyet, after intimating to reporters that the club has made an enquiry to the Premier League outfit.
Van Persie's long-term future at Old Trafford has been the subject of widespread speculation in recent weeks, following suggestions that Louis van Gaal is ready to cash-in on the veteran Dutch striker.
However, the Netherlands international is not the only name in the frame for a move to Istanbul, with compatriot Klaas Jan Huntelaar also believed to be attracting interest from Hamza Hamzaoglu, having outlined a desire to leave current club Schalke during the close season.
"We have made enquiries and established contact but an offer has not been made for the names mentioned," confirmed Tanman.
Van Persie's goalscoring record at the Theatre of Dreams remains mightily impressive having netted 48 goals in 86 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils so far. He finished his first campaign with the Golden Boot after helping fire the club to the 2013 title in Sir Alex Ferguson's final season as manager.
The former Arsenal captain struggled to reproduce that kind of form during David Moyes' ill-fated spell in charge and last season prompted more frustration as a series of niggling injuries disrupted his contribution during Van Gaal's first year at the helm.
There's now a growing feeling that the 31-year-old is past his best and that Manchester United would be better off selling him whilst they still can, as it makes no sense to offer Van Persie an extension to the £200,000-a-week contract he initially signed, which has just over 12 months still to run.
Hamzaoglu admitted he'd welcome the opportunity to secure the services of a player of the Manchester United talisman's calibre as he looks to build a new strikeforce to spearhead his side's Champions League challenge next term.
"We want to sign players who will both improve the squad and excite our fans," he explained, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News. "No manager would be able to say no to Van Persie.
"However, we cannot spend beyond our means. We hope to come to an agreement with him."
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