Crystal Palace Weighing up Surprise Deal for Robin van Persie

Former Arsenal and Manchester striker Robin van Persie could find himself back in the Premier League this summer with Crystal Palace seemingly interested in his services.

The 33-year-old left the Red Devils for Turkish club Fenerbahce back in the summer of 2015 and has since done fairly well, although he is frustrated with the lack of regular starts.

Van Persie has managed to net 36 goals during his two-year stay in Istanbul, but he has often found himself being benched or being subbed off early in the second period. One can understand that the Dutchman no longer has the legs to pull him through 90 minutes, but the Netherlands international is unwilling to accept that as a valid reason.

According to The Mirror, Eagles boss Frank de Boer has one eye on pursuing the signature of Van Persie, who could be brought in to accompany Christian Benteke in the frontline. Benteke bagged 15 goals during his debut season at Selhurst Park, and the club did not have much behind him with Connor Wickham having suffered a serious knee injury.

Van Persie has not featured for Holland since late 2015, and his hopes of making a comeback look slim with the national side currently under pressure to qualify for the World Cup next year. The Netherlands are currently three points adrift of both Sweden and France in their group, and they would need to beat either nation later this year in order to at least aim to reach the playoff round.

The veteran marksman has just one year left on his present deal at Fener, but new manager Aykut Kocaman will only sell him at the right price as he still values the striker highly. Van Persie was linked with a similar move to the Premier League last summer with Stoke City, Middlesbrough and West Ham United alleged to have been interested.