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Robin van Persie: Fenerbahce begin talks to sign Man Utd striker

Robin van Persie

Turkish side Fenerbahce have opened talks to sign Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.

Van Persie, 31, moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal for £24m in 2012 and scored 26 goals in the Premier League as United won the title in 2012-13.

But the Dutchman, who has one year left on his contract, has struggled with injury and scored 10 goals last season.

Ex-United team-mate Nani joined Fenerbahce, runners-up in the Super Lig last season, for £4.25m on Monday.

Van Persie’s departure would leave boss and fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal with just two fit first-choice strikers in Wayne Rooney and James Wilson.

Colombia forward Radamel Falcao, who spent last season on loan at Old Trafford, has joined Chelsea while Javier Hernandez is recovering from a fractured collarbone.

Van Persie is the Netherlands’ all-time top scorer with 49 goals in 98 games, a tally which includes his superb diving header in their World Cup opener against Spain last year.

His career in England began when he joined Arsenal from Feyenoord in 2004 for £2.75m.

He scored 132 goals in 278 appearances for the Gunners and has netted 58 times in 105 games for United.

Van Persie in numbers

1 x Premier League (2012-13, Man Utd)

2 x Premier League Golden Boot (2011-12 Arsenal, 2012-13 Man Utd)

1 x FA Cup (2005, Arsenal

1 x PFA Player of the Year (2011-12 Arsenal)

49 goals for Holland

132 goals for Arsenal

58 goals for Manchester United

2010 World Cup runner-up

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