Robin van Persie in talks to sign for Middlesbrough

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Robin van Persie has held talks with Middlesbrough this week as he looks to complete a return to the Premier League this summer.

The veteran striker has spent a solitary season playing for Turkish giants Fenerbahce and on paper appears to have been rather successful. He scored 20 goals in 45 appearances last season but he regularly appeared to be at odds with manager Vitor Pereira.

Van Persie has a proven track record in English football having won the Golden Boot once with Arsenal in 2012 and again with Manchester United in 2013 and Middlesbrough will be hoping to acquire that vital experience following their promotion to the top flight.


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News of his return will be of interest to fans of Arsenal, some of whom are still hurting from his decision to force a move away from north London four summers ago. The Dutchman had one year remaining on his contract and publicly declared his decision not to renew.

When Manchester United came in with an offer of £24m, it left Arsene Wenger with little other option but to sell. While that seems like a lifetime ago now, Arsenal have not enjoyed a striker of Van Persie's quality since.

Huge downfall

While he went on to win a Premier League title with the Red Devils, his decline in the three preceding campaigns has been significant and something those disgruntled Gunners fans have enjoyed.

The sight of him playing for a team that is expected to fight against relegation next season will only improve their mood. However, it must also be met with a hefty amount of caution as Van Persie has relished the chance to play his former team, scoring three times against Arsenal across the two seasons he spent at Old Trafford.

Substitute role?

That is assuming, of course, that Van Persie will be a first-team regular at the Riverside Stadium. Boro coach Aitor Karanka, who has completed deals for Viktor Fischer, Bernardo Espinosa and Marten de Roon this summer, has warned his new additions that the team that won promotion from the Championship will get a chance to impress first.

"I know them, they know me, so for that reason we just keep going," Karanka told the club's official website.

"Now we have two or three weeks to sign new players, but we are in the Premier League thanks to the players that were here so it's a good few weeks for them to convince me."

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