Lazio rule out move for Manchester United's Robin van Persie

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Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has ruled out a move for Manchester United forward Robin van Persie.

Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has ruled out a move for Robin van Persie, claiming the Manchester United striker is "unfortunately, outside our parameters".

Van Persie, who has one-year remaining on his Manchester United contract, was spotted in Rome this week, leading to speculation that the 31-year-old could join Lazio.

The former Arsenal captain has also been linked with a move to Juventus, as per the Mirror, and each day there appears to be a new Italian side in the running for his signature.

"On van Persie, all I can say is that I respect him as a striker but unfortunately, he is outside our parameters," Tare told Lazio Style Radio, as per BT Sport.

"There has never been a meeting, this is gossip, not transfer news.

"We don't want to create illusions, this is not true."

The Dutch striker made history in his debut season at Old Trafford when Manchester United won title number 20, scoring 26 goals and creating eight assists that year.

However, the Holland captain has struggled to show the same form the past two years, scoring 12 league goals in the 2013-14 campaign and just 10 this season.

Life without Sir Alex Ferguson has hit him harder than expected when the majority of speculators would have thought Louis van Gaal could get the best out of him again.

Lazio finished third in Serie A to assure themselves of a spot in next season's Champions League qualifying round.

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