Robin van Persie is being repeatedly linked with a return to England after only one season away from the Premier League. The former Arsenal and Manchester United striker is subject of interest from Mark Hughes’ Stoke City, but Fenerbahce insisted their star player won’t leave on cheap.
With Hughes in need of some proven goal scorer to improve his team’s goal tally which was one of the lowest in the Premier League last season, a move for Van Persie remains in doubt.
The 33-year old could be seen as an ideal option up top to finish the chances will hopefully be created by players including Xherdan Shaqiri and Bojan, but Fenerbahce want all of the £6M they paid for him a year ago, say Fanatik.
Stoke City can easily come up with this money of course, but Van Persie’s wages are a major issue for the club and their Welsh manager. Due to low taxes in Turkey, Stoke would have to pay around £160K a week to equal Van Persie’s net gain in Turkey.
He wants to leave after a fall-out with manager Vitor Pereira and being booed by Fenerbahce fans at the end of the season. Of course the political situation in Turkey is an issue, as it was for Mario Gomez, and Van Persie will quickly have to decide what his priorities are.
Nihat Emre Kocaaslan, Turkey.