Robin van Persie could leave Manchester United this summer, so which clubs would suit the striker?
Manchester United and Netherlands sharpshooter Robin van Persie has stirred up much speculation, with recent statements doing little to quell doubts about his Red Devils future.
Van Persie told media: “I have to think in a realistic way. It’s my ambition to play the next years.
“I’m going to calmly sit down and consider everything. Take note of my words. I feel 100% fit and have ambitions to play every week,” added the dangerous Dutchman.
With these words in mind, bookies.com bring you five destinations for prolific Van Persie should he decide to depart Old Trafford.
Italy is the ideal stage on which Van Persie can extend his playing career, as striking veterans such as Francesco Totti, Luca Toni and Antonio Di Natale still thriving in Serie A.
Should Juve (a best market price of Juve 9/1 with 888.com to be Van Persie’s team after the transfer window closes) lose both frontmen Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez, the Clockwork Orange poacher could provide valuable experience alongside the more dynamic Alvaro Morata.
The Old Lady, who supposedly have a long-standing interest in the attacker, also makes sense as Van Persie’s next stop should Man Utd need a bargaining chip for in-demand midfield star Paul Pogba.
With no European football to offer, the Nerazzurri (priced at Inter 8/1 by betfair to be Van Persie’s next club) will face the same issues as neighbours AC Milan (14/1 with the same bookies) in landing top talent.
Van Persie is sure to want Champions League football, not a project and, while Inter need back-up for main man Mauro Icardi, it is unlikely the Dutchman wishes to be considered second-fiddle.
The likes of LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls have already lured David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard to US. With a superb lifestyle on offer, Van Persie is offered at a fantastic Any MLS club 14/1 by Sky Bet to be plying his trade at any MLS club after the transfer window slams shut, though he arguably has more left to offer in Europe.
Big wages and passionate fanbases are among the many draws of Turkish teams, and Istanbul could tempt Van Persie with one last large payday. The Yellow Canaries (3/1 with 888.com) could lose one Dutch forward in out-of-contract Dirk Kuyt so may try to capture another.
Gala are also Galatasaray 8/1 with betfair to be Van Persie’s next club to land the ex-Arsenal attacker, and have a history of attracting big names to the Türk Telekom Arena. The Turkish Super Lig champions could offer predator Van Persie a chance to join compatriot Wesley Sneijder and ex-Inter striker Goran Pandev as they attempt to push on in Europe.
Bookies.com recommended bet: Juventus @ 9/1 with 888.com to be Van Persie’s next club
All odds were correct at time of posting.