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Robin van Persie In Line For Stunning Return To The Premier League

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Robin van Persie In Line For Stunning Return To The Premier League

New Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer wants to implement a new identify at Selhurst Park after being appointed as manager on a three-year deal.

But the talk is that the former Dutch defender, who turned out for the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers, wants to bring his compatriot Robin van Persie back to the Premier League.

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The Mirror reports that the 33-year old striker, currently playing for Turkish side Fenerbahce, has wanted another crack at English football for quite some time, and after a few clubs decided to not to follow up on interest in him last summer when he was available last summer, another opportunity has arisen.

Darren Lewis from The Mirror, as well as the Fenerbahce reporter for Turkish outlet NtvSpor, Onur Tugrul, both say that Van Persie is a target for De Boer, who wants to bring the former Arsenal and Manchester United man back to the promised land of the Premier League.

The Feyenoord youth product has been in fine form in Turkey, scoring 22 goals in all competitions in 2015/16 and following it up with 14 in 2016/17.

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But there's no denying that it's the Premier League, in Van Persie's peak years, that saw the very best of the Dutchman.

In 2011/12 for Arsenal, he scooped the Golden Boot after hitting 30 goals in the Premier League - winning the player-voted and fan-voted PFA awards in the process.

And after stating his intentions to leave the Emirates, with "the little boy inside" him "screaming for Man United", he proved to be the difference in the Premier League title race following a move to Old Trafford for an initial fee of £22.5 million.

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The Netherlands all-time top scorer netted 26 goals in the Premier League as United lifted their 20th Premier League title, and added a second Golden Boot award to his collection.

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His numbers slowed down in the underwhelming seasons that followed under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, culminating in his move to Fenerbahce for a mere £3.84 million.

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But he'd certainly be an excellent addition for Palace as though he isn't getting younger, he still has that finishing touch. He'd surely ease the goalscoring burden on Christian Benteke significantly if a deal does come about.

The move would inevitably give Arsenal fans another opportunity to hurl abuse at their former hero and captain for his move to United, and subsequent celebration against them when he scored the winning goal in a meeting between the two sides as Old Trafford.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: fenerbahce, Manchester United, Robin van Persie, Arsenal, Crystal Palace

Josh Lawless
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