The most surprising deal of this summer’s transfer window could be about to occur. Robin van Persie is a transfer target for Qatari club Lekhwiya, who are managed by former Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup, according to the Mirror.
Van Gaal is rumoured to want to completely overhaul his striking options, with Radamel Falcao unlikely to be signed on a permanent basis after scoring just four times during his loan spell from Monaco. Should Falcao and Van Persie leave Old Trafford, the Red Devils would find themselves down to the bare bones in the attacking department.
Van Persie has been on the sidelines for much of 2015 with an ankle injury but his goal haul of just 10 is nowhere near the standards which leading the line for United demands.
He has looked a shadow of his former self for the majority of the campaign and appears to have aged drastically in the last year or two. He has lost the yard of pace which gave him the edge over central defenders in the past.
Perhaps more surprisingly is the fact his finishing ability also seems to have deteriorated. When handed a clear goal-scoring opportunity, Van Persie has lacked cutting edge in front of goal at times. Not only is he struggling to get into enough scoring positions, but he is also not as clinical as he used to be.
Gone are the days when Van Persie was widely regarded as the best striker in the Premier League, when he picked up two Golden Boot awards in 2011-12 and his first year at United in 2012-13.
Now he is undoubtedly past his peak and is not the same striker that fired United to the title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final year in charge of the club.
His lack of form means that speculation regarding his future is expected but no one could have predicted that interest in his services would come from Qatar.
Should any deal occur, Van Persie is likely to be offered a deal worth £18million over three years and considering he is now 31, with just one year remaining on his current United deal, he could be available on the cheap for any potential suitor.