Robin van Persie will be hoping to score plenty of goals in Turkey during the 2015-16 campaign, after leaving Manchester United for Fenerbahçe, but he could have been starring in La Liga instead, according to El Desmarque.
The Spanish digital outlet have revealed that the 31-year-old was offered to Sevilla, who seriously considered making a move, but ruled out pursuing their interest due to his high salary demands, which were reported to be around €2 million per season before tax.
The Europa League champions were managing a variety of possible striker options, as they sought a quality replacement for Carlos Bacca, following his sale to AC Milan. An offer was sent to Sevilla that van Persie would be interested in joining them, but after careful consideration, they decided agains a move for the Dutchman.
In the end, rather than splash out high wages for van Persie, Sevilla instead opted to move for Ciro Immobile from Borussia Dortmund. The Italian joining the Andaluz club initially on loan for the 2015-16 season, but with an option to buy clause attached to the deal.
Anecdotally, whilst it's certainly the last opportunity Sevilla will ever have to sign van Persie, one they've declined, it isn't the first time the Netherlands international has been very close to joining them.
El Desmarque recalled that back in 2004, sporting director Monchi thought he had a deal struck with van Persie that he'd join Sevilla, having received a verbal agreement from the player in a lift of all places. However, he subsequently received a phone call from Arsenal and the rest, as they say, is history.