Former team mate claims Manchester United are trying to sell Robin van Persie behind his back
Manchester United have been secretly trying to sell 31-year-old striker Robin van Persie since January, according to his former team-mate Pierre van Hooijdonk.
Van Hooijdonk, who played with Van Persie at Feyenoord and with the Durch national team, claims he has heard rumblings since January that the United striker was on his way out of Old Trafford.
“As early as January of this year, I received information from Turkey about Robin and Fenerbahce,” Van Hooijdonk told the Mirror. “The minute this information came, you knew that United had sent people to test the water for a move.
“Agents and others were searching for big clubs who are prepared to pay the high fee involved for van Persie. Robin’s contract expires next year, so this is the moment when United can still get money for him.”
Van Hooijdonk added: “Van Persie is in a difficult situation. To the outside world he says he is happy to stay and I can understand this. But Robin has the feeling that United want to get rid of him.
“A big club in England, Spain or Germany is a more attractive option. Until the player realises that behind his back the two clubs have done a big deal.
“That is the moment the pressure is put on. You are almost forced to go to the club where your employer has struck a deal. This is what I mean with games being played right now.”
Van Hooijdonk believes Fenerbache would be interested in the RVP's services.
The Sun are reporting that Besiktas are ready to 'break the bank' to sign the 31 year-old.
The red top claims RVP could find himself further down the pecking order if Van Gaal spends big on a new striker this summer.
Besiktas have been alerted to this and director Yalcin Kaya Yilmaz suggests the Turks will pull out all the stops to land the Holland international.
Yilmaz is quoted as saying: "If the conditions are right, and he wants to come, we are willing to make an offer, even if it would push us to the limit financially."