Chelsea are set to launch a surprise bid for former Arsenal and Manchester United forward Robin van Persie.
Guus Hiddink reportedly views Van Persie as a short-term option to provide backup to Diego Costa.
The rumours, reported by the Evening Standard, come on the day Chelsea look set to announce the loan signing of Alexandre Pato.
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The Brazilian striker arrived in London on Wednesday afternoon ahead of his move from Corinthians.
The Telegraph reported that Van Persie is “absolutely hating” life at Fenerbahce, with footage of him appearing uninterested during a warm-up surfacing in October.
Despite this, the Dutchman is enjoying a great run of form. He has scored six goals in his last five games for the Turkish side, who lead the Super Lig by five points.
Though it would take an “extraordinary offer” to prise Van Persie from Fenerbahce, according to Sky Sports.
Useful from the bench
It seems a worthwhile move for the Blues to make provided they can find the right price. Van Persie is not the player he was four seasons ago - when he scored 30 league goals for Arsenal - but he would certainly be a useful player from the bench.
The 32-year-old endured a difficult final season at Old Trafford and clashed with manager Louis van Gaal, who called him “stupid” for removing his shirt in celebration and stripped him of penalty duties after missing from 12 yards against West Bromwich Albion.
If Van Persie and Pato join, Chelsea will have to make sure their medical team is suitably staffed; both players are renowned for their fragility.
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