EXCLUSIVE | By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Robin van Persie will hold crunch talks with Manchester United this month to discuss his future and find where he figures in Louis van Gaals plans, Football Insider sources understand.
The Dutchman has admitted there is uncertainty over his United future after he found himself on the sidelines when he returned from injury at the end of last season.
Football Insider revealed in April that Van Persie is willing to leave Old Trafford this summer, but only if he is handed a ‘golden goodbye’ by the Premier League club.
The Dutchman will have a year remaining on his £250,000-a-week contract at the end of the season and United have not approached him to offer an extension.
He is set to meet United chiefs for discussions, at which it is likely to be decided whether he will be given the green light to find another club.
Football Insider sources have learned that United will listen to offers for Van Persie, who turns 32 in August, as they plan to overhaul their front line.
However, the Holland international knows he will not be able to command the same salary at another club and would only be willing to leave if he receives a big pay-off from United.
Football Insider understands that Van Persie would want a ‘golden goodbye’ of around £2m, which would enable him to get close to meeting the shortfall of the salary drop he would get at another club.
The £24m signing from Arsenal scored only 10 times last season. While his campaign was once more disrupted by injury, Van Persie found himself behind the misfiring Radamel Falcao towards the end of the season.
Speaking while on international duty last month, Van Persie was open about the prospect of leaving. “It’s a strange, difficult situation,” he said. “A new situation, that’s a better word. I have to think in a realistic way. It’s my ambition to play the next years. I’m thinking about my family and my children with every decision I take.”
Van Persie was the double-winning Player of the Year as he shot United to the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford but his goal return diminished in the subsequent two campaigns, following up his haul of 30 goals in 2012-13 with 18 and 10.