Friday 13 December 2019

Roberto Mancini lining up swoop for Robin Van Persie

New Inter boss determined to test Dutch striker's loyalty to Van Gaal in summer bid

Manchester United's Robin van Persie is wanted by Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini. Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Manchester United's Robin van Persie is wanted by Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Matt Law

Roberto Mancini is ready to try again to sign Robin van Persie, but this time for Inter Milan.

The Italian lost out to rivals Manchester United in 2012 in a bid to sign Van Persie when he was Manchester City manager, and is now interested in trying to take him to Italy from Old Trafford.

Any move will have to wait until the end of the season, when, as it stands, Van Persie will have a year remaining on his contract. Van Persie would land a £10 million loyalty bonus by staying at United for the duration of his contract, which could pose a stumbling block to Mancini and Inter.

United could even try to extend Van Persie's current deal, which is worth £250,000-a-week, but there are concerns over his form and long-term fitness.

Van Persie only managed to touch the ball 13 times in United's victory over Arsenal and has scored just three goals under new manager Louis van Gaal, although one was the vital equaliser against Chelsea. The Dutchman has been hit by injuries over the course of his career and will turn 32 next summer.

Loan signing Radamel Falcao is yet to show his best form in a United shirt and has been out with an injury, but the 28-year-old is still hoping to win a permanent move to Old Trafford.

Mancini blamed City's failure to land Van Persie for them missing out on the title, which ultimately cost the Italian his job at the Etihad. Van Persie scored 26 Premier League goals in his first title-winning season at United and netted 12 times in the League last season.

The Italian coach returned this month from a spell at Galatasaray to Inter Milan, where he had first been manager between 2004 and 2008.

Despite the fact Van Persie's performances may be deteriorating, there is a feeling that he would fit in well in the slower pace of Italy's Serie A. Van Persie was close to moving to Italy with Juventus before he left Arsenal for United and Juve could also reignite their interest.

United paid £24m to land Van Persie ahead of Mancini and City. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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