Robin van Persie linked with Manchester United exit, Inter eyeing move

Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is allegedly looking to sign Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.

When Louis van Gaal was appointed as Manchester United's new manager, many expected Robin van Persie's form to improve after a tough season under David Moyes last term.

Yet so far, van Persie has scored just three goals, and has looked like a shadow of the player that fired United to the title back in 2012-13.

That was van Persie's first season at Old Trafford after completing a £24m move from Arsenal, when United famously beat their fierce rivals Manchester City to the striker's signature.

Just months later, then-City manager Roberto Mancini bemoaned the club's inability to sign van Persie, suggesting that it was the difference between leading the league and lagging behind.

"At this moment Robin van Persie is a very important player for United," said Mancini in Decmeber 2012. "He has scored 13 or 14 goals and it is clear he has changed their situation. At the moment, he is the difference between us."

"We were very close to signing him, I know what the reason was but I won't say. It was not about money. We wanted Van Persie because we knew he was totally different from our other strikers."

We wanted to improve our team, particularly for the Champions League. We were very close and we were sure it would be very good for us but it didn't happen and now we can do nothing about it. We were very close three or four months before he went to United," he added.

Yet now, two years on, Mancini could finally get his wish of signing van Persie after speculation linked him with a move to Inter Milan, the side where Mancini is managing.

The Telegraph report tonight that Inter are eyeing up a bid for van Persie, but they may have to wait until the summer - and even then it may be difficult to tempt United into a sale.

Yet with his goals drying up and his influence diminishing, it may be a good idea for United to take the money and run with Van Persie now 31 - and give Mancini his dream of working with the former Arsenal star.

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