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Friday, 07 March 2014

Where will Robin van Persie be come the start of the 2014/15 season?

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Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie enraged Gooners around the world when he turned his back on the club in 2012 to sign for arch-rivals Manchester United. The Dutchman insisted the move had nothing to do with money and everything to do with competing and winning silverware.

Van Persie's decision was warranted 12 months later when he helped the club seal the title for a 20th time, but Old Trafford is not the place it used to be since Fergie retired and David Moyes took over.

Manchester United have gone from champions to the also-rans. They are in seventh place, 12 points behind fourth placed City and 18 adrift of the leaders Chelsea. United have been dumped out of the FA Cup and Capital One Cup and their Champions League dreams are also hanging by a thread.

This wasn't what the Dutchman was expecting when he joined.

RvpcelebrateThere have been rumours of RVP going back to Arsenal, but now it appears that the likes of Chelsea, Monaco and Juventus are all keeping tabs on his situation. And you can be sure that if RVP did become available that every top side in the world would be looking at snapping him up.

Manchester United had to shell out £24 million for RVP but, despite his scoring exploits, it's unlikely they'll make a profit on him. RVP will be 31 when the new season kick offs and I can't remember too many players over 30 going for £20 million plus, but teams like Chelsea are desperate for a striker and have money to burn. 

RVP is an ambitious man. Having secured a Premier League winner's medal with United, he wants more, but at the moment United don't look capable of putting two wins together let alone winning silverware. Having left Arsenal - a club that had become a huge part of his career - for one of their biggest rivals, leaving United will be a walk in the park for him. 

Of course, United would be crazy to let someone like him leave. RVP can score goals out of nothing. Yes he may be injury-prone, but when he's fit and on the pitch there are not many players in England who could lace his boots. 

However, there are rumours that his relationship with David Moyes is fraught and there's no way that RVP will be happy playing in the Europa League or missing out on European football altogether. With Rooney's future at the club secured, RVP's departure could help Moyes rebuild the squad. Obviously a team without RVP would be worse off, but that money could see a young star arrive.

Arsenal are currently leading the way with the bookies to be RVP's next club. Stan James is offering odds or 3/1, followed by Real Madrid at 5/1 and Chelsea at 6/1.Champions League holders Bayern Munich are 8/1 alongside French giants PSG and Capital One Cup winners Manchester City. Barcelona are 10/1 with Juventus at 12.

So, if you were a betting man, who would your money be on?

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