Galatasaray head coach Hamza Hamzaoglu has ruled out a move for Manchester United star Robin van Persie just days after confirming his interest in such a deal.
Hamzaoglu caused quite a stir on Wednesday after declaring his interest in the Netherlands interest, no more so than in the Galatasaray boardroom it seems.
Barely 48 hours later and the manager has been forced to change his stance with regards to Van Persie, saying the striker is no longer on their summer agenda.
"We want to sign players who will both improve the squad and excite our fans," Hamzaoglu told Fanatik on Wednesday.
"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."
Changing the tune
But it seems Galatasaray officials have already spoken to Hamzaoglu and seem to have told him not to get the hopes of their supporters up by promising to pursue a deal that is financially unachievable.
Speaking to Spor 3, he said: "Robin van Persie is not on our agenda.
“The costs are very high. This year, we will be a little more careful."
An expensive problem
For Manchester United, it is the first realisation that offloading the 31-year-old will not be as easy as it should be.
As a proven Premier League striker, Van Persie should have a number of clubs waiting to snap him up, but his incredible £250,000-a-week wages are proving a huge stumbling block.
Very few clubs in world football are able to fund such a pay packet and Manchester United's offer of letting him go for a minimal transfer fee doesn't seem to be convincing anyone.
But Manchester United are desperate to get rid of Van Persie as he has just 12 months left on his contract and will be due a £10m loyalty bonus if he sees it out.
That means that the Red Devils could be forced to supplement his wages as well as offer him around £5m to leave the club this summer.
At such an expense, it will be tough for for Van Gaal and Ed Woodward to weigh up the pros and cons of keeping Van Persie on board.
Replacing a star
Van Persie would take up a valuable place in Manchester United's squad and, if injuries persist, wil fail to contribute much next season.
Both have no experience in the Premier League and would cost north of £40m to bring in. The big problem is that Van Persie is still a world-class striker and could easily score 20 or more goals if he rekindles his best form.
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