The former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is a surprise transfer target for Barcelona, according to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
The Rumour Mill remains mystified by what it was exactly that Robin van Persie had in mind to do at the precise moment he planted that header past his own goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet and making Netherlands 3-0 down during the Netherlands defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic on Tuesday night and now we find ourselves similarly perplexed by reports in Spain that Barcelona are planning to sign the 32-year-old striker from Fenerbahce in January.
The 32-years-old Netherlands international left Old Trafford to join Fenerbahce in the summer transfer window. But he is rumoured to be unsettled at the Turkish side, where he has largely been confined to the substitute’s bench in recent weeks.
It is given that situation, Barca reportedly believe they could land Van Persie in the January transfer window for around the €3.5m Fenerbahce paid United for his services.
Robin’s current situation seems unbelievable given that a few years ago, Van Persie had the world at his feet, and it seemed as though he could do no wrong. In the 2011-12 season with Arsenal, he achieved a clean sweep of the individual accolades, being named the PFA and PFA Fans’ Player of the Year, the FWA Player of the Year, as well as winning the Golden Boot for being the top scorer in the Premier League.
In the summer that followed, he signed for Manchester United, choosing to play in the No. 20 shirt, claiming he had moved to Old Trafford to win the club’s 20th title. Having spent eight years at Arsenal, winning the FA Cup in 2005 and nothing since, he was keen to join a club that could match his title ambitions.
A few months later, he became the Netherlands’ all-time top scorer, thanks to his hat-trick against Hungary, and celebrated with the man he had replaced in the record books, Patrick Kluivert, on the touchline.
Van Persie went on to enjoy a fantastic year at club level in the 2012-13 season. He was the league’s top scorer for a second year running, scoring goals against Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, as United cruised to the historic title that he had promised to deliver upon signing.
Robin Van Persie’s goalscoring record under David Moyes was still fairly impressive, with 18 goals in 28 appearances, but he cut a frustrated figure on the pitch and missed months of the season with injury, which had been a familiar story for most of his years in north London.
Considering recent events, it didn’t come as a shock to learn that Van Persie had been involved in a training ground bust-up with Memphis Depay ahead of the Netherlands’ game against Kazakhstan last weekend. Van Persie is still his nation’s top scorer, with 50 goals in 101 appearances for the Netherlands, and only six players have more caps than him. Yet there can’t be any denying how disappointed he must be right now