Robin van Persie is not enjoying the best of times at Manchester United this season. The Dutchman may have scored the last-gasp goal that ensured a draw with Chelsea at the end of October, but the 31-year-old flattered to deceive against Manchester City and could not help his side avoid defeat against the reigning champions.
Van Persie has now scored just three goals in 674 minutes of football and while many expected him to shine under his countryman Louis van Gaal, the forward continues to look out of sorts.
The player's outstanding debut season at United is a fading memory and reports from Dutch website Soccernews have now picked up on claims from Turkish site Fanatik that van Persie is the target of an unlikely club.
Fenerbahce are said to be interested in signing the United striker and have reportedly already had discussions with van Persie’s representatives. The report has also cited the presence of the striker’s international teammate Dirk Kuyt as a positive.
But while the United star has not shone brightly for quite some time, a move to Turkey is highly unlikely at this stage of his career.
There is no doubt van Persie is not the player he was just two short seasons ago but much of that is due to the fact that United’s creative midfielders are too often focused on ensuring goals are not conceded at the other end of the field.
Sunday’s match against City was the perfect example. With Wayne Rooney deployed deeper to ensure United did not suffer from being a man down van Persie was isolated up front. But when van Gaal signs the box-to-box midfielder the club are crying out for, along with an experienced centre-back to bring confidence and composure to the back-line, then the likes of Rooney, Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera can focus solely on providing van Persie with the chances he craves.
The Dutchman has a contract until the summer of 2016 and it would be a huge surprise if he did not see that out given the presence of van Gaal.
For now he is not performing anywhere near his best, but his manager knows better than most what he is capable of, and selling him would be a strange and unlikely turn of events.