Man United striker on verge of completing Lazio switch

Manchester United star Robin van Persie is said to be close on completing a move to Lazio, according to reports from the Metro.

The 31-year-old was tipped for a departure after he alerted a number of Serie A clubs when he hinted that he wanted more playing time in the upcoming campaign.

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Van Persie was also linked with a move to Juventus in recent weeks, but with Lazio believed to be closing in on an £11million offer, manager Louis van Gaal may decide to cash in on the Netherlands international.

He is seen as a potential replacement for German striker Miroslav Klose at the Italian club and may actually accept a move given that United are currently in the market for another striker.

The Red Devils have been linked with a transfer for Real Madrid star Karim Benzema in recent weeks, meaning that if he arrives at Old Trafford, the Dutchman’s place in the squad will be under heavy threat.