Failing to reach the top four allows the striker to talk to other clubs.
Those clubs interested in signing Manchester United’s Robin van Persie this summer have been given renewed hope as a transfer clause in the striker’s contract has been revealed, reports Goal.
If the Red Devils fail to reach the top four of the Premier League and therefore Champions League qualification – which is looking extremely likely after a poor first season under manager David Moyes – then van Persie is allowed to discuss a transfer away from Old Trafford with other clubs.
This will put several of Europe’s top sides on alert, as despite the fact the Dutchman is approaching his 31st birthday he is still one of the most prolific forwards in world football.
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Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri revealed in February that Arsenal were lining up a sensational move to bring van Persie back to the Emirates Stadium, with boss Arsene Wenger meeting the Netherlands international’s agent Kees Vos.
However, the finances it would take to re-sign the attacker would not be cost effective in the Gunners’ mind, but the Mirror reports AS Monaco, Juventus and Chelsea are also interested.
Of the three Juve seems the most likely destination as United are unlikely to want to sell to another club in the English top tier, despite the fact the Blues could afford van Persie’s £250,000-a-week wages.
It’s this cost that could prove to be the stumbling block for La Bianconeri however, as the Serie A champions do not have the financial resources of the west Londoners or Monaco.
The latter are based in a tax haven and therefore players wanting to earn large sums may be drawn to the Principality – although their lack of support has seen club record signing Radamel Falcao become disillusioned at the Stade Louis II.
For van Persie things at the Theatre of Dreams turned sour when Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager at the end of last season – something the 30-year-old had not been made aware would be happening when he signed for £24m 12 months earlier.
The striker also grew frustrated at replacement Moyes’ training methods, which the Dutch ace saw as archaic and thought it was causing him injury.
Van Persie has publicly questioned both the Scot and his team-mates in recent times, which has further lead to the speculation that the forward will be sold at the end of the current campaign.
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