Crystal Palace will be accelerating their recruitment drive after it was confirmed that Frank de Boer would be taking over as manager. The Mirror report that Robin van Persie has emerged as a potential target for the Eagles. The former Arsenal and Manchester United forward is keen on a move back to the Premier League, which opens the possibility of a move to Selhurst Park.
His current club Fenerbahce are reportedly targeting Seydou Doumbia and that could directly lead to the departure of the Dutch striker. It has been a mixed time in Turkey for the 33-year-old, but he has managed to score 25 goals across two seasons, underlining the quality that he still possesses.
Would he be a good fit for Crystal Palace?
Every new manager wants to shape the squad in their own image and De Boer is unlikely to be any different. He will have his ideas about how he wants the summer transfer window to go and it will be interesting to see what business Palace do, both in terms of incomings and outgoings.
Robin van Persie does still have a lot of quality and he would possess a goal threat if he was to come back to the Premier League. His experience in England coupled with his cool finishing in front of goal does make him an appealing target.[interaction id=”595677a74649b4e34eade3ff”]
However, at the age of 33, it would be a short-term signing and he would command big wages. The signing would carry a lot of risk, especially when his injury record is factored in. Crystal Palace already have one good striker in Christian Benteke and he will be the one that starts the season leading the line.
During his time with Ajax, De Boer favoured using one striker and that is likely to continue at Selhurst Park. As a supporting striker, Van Persie would be a good signing based on ability and experience, but better options are out there. This is a signing that Palace should avoid, as it would only be a short-term solution.
How likely is a deal?
Given De Boer’s nationality, this is an easy transfer rumour to push and it could be that it came from Van Persie’s end. He wants to return to English football and this would be a move that would suit him down to the ground. However, it would be a surprise if Crystal Palace did sign him during this window. They should be in the market for a mobile striker who is hungry to push Benteke for a starting place. Van Persie isn’t that man.
Given that De Boer was late to be appointed, Palace’s transfer plans may not be fully in motion yet, as they will need time to produce a list of targets. Although he has a big reputation, Van Persie’s best days are behind him and his wages are another reason why a transfer won’t appeal to Palace. There have been stranger things that have happened in football, but it would be a huge shock if the Dutch striker was to move to South London this summer.
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