Van Persie wants pay-off to leave Manchester United a year early

The Dutch striker is seeking a settlement of around £2.5 million to exit Old Trafford with 12 months remaining on his contract

Robin van Persie wants a £2.5 million pay-off to leave Manchester United this summer, HITC understands from a source close to the club.

The Holland international enters the final year of his contract next season and he has not yet opened talks with United on an extension.

United are considering selling Van Persie, 31, and replacing him with a younger forward but the Dutchman wants a big pay-off to exit the Premier League club this summer.

Van Persie knows he will not be able to command the same salary at another club and he would only consider a departure a year early if United offer a pay-off deal of around £2.5m. The Dutchman’s salary is believed to be worth a basic £250,000-a-week.

Van Persie has missed United’s last seven matches with an ankle injury and the team have thrived, winning six consecutive league matches.

The £24m signing from Arsenal returned to training last week but he did not make the squad for the Manchester derby last weekend and manager Louis van Gaal has said his countryman will be held back until he is confident that the striker is fully fit.

Van Persie was the double-winning Player of the Year as he shot United to the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford, but his goal return has diminished in the subsequent two campaigns, following up his haul of 30 goals in 2012-13 with 18 and 10.

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