Barcelona are considering making a surprising move for Robin van Persie during the January transfer window even though the former Manchester United and Arsenal star is struggling to rediscover his best form at Fenerbahçe, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Champions League winners are desperately looking to bolster their attack in the next transfer window and the Catalan publication understands that, despite the Dutch striker probably being past his best, he still can be a good, affordable choice to back-up the impressive attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and ex-Liverpool hero Luis Suarez.
The 32-year-old number nine played a crucial role in securing United's last Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson after hitting 31 goals following his move from the Emirates Stadium. However, he struggled to repeat that success in the following campaigns, and after falling out of favour with van Gaal, his fellow Dutchman opted to part ways with him for around £3.5m ($5.4m) last summer.
Van Persie's dramatic drop in form has all but continued in the Turkish league, scoring four goals in 12 appearances but voicing publicly his frustration with often being restricted to a substitute role.
But just hours after scoring an unimpressive own goal for Netherland in the Euro 2016 qualifier 3-2 defeat against the Czech Republic, Mundo Deportivo reports that he still can "fulfil his old dream" to play for Barcelona during the January transfer window.
The Catalans are looking for a versatile forward to fill the gap left by the departure of Pedro Rodriguez to Chelsea in the summer. Manager Luis Enrique has identified Arsenal target Nolito as his main candidate after his impressive start to the campaign at Celta Vigo, scoring five goals in seven La Liga games.
But with Barcelona out of cash to sign him unless they manage to sell any players before, the board is considering other cheaper alternatives. Mundo Deportivo believes that van Persie could be a perfect fit. Nevertheless, it claims that the Dutch striker is "unhappy" at Fenerbahçe so the Turkish side should sell him on the cheap.