VETERAN Dutch striker Robin van Persie has been linked with a surprise move to Barcelona.
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re apparently interested in signing the 32-year-old in January, when their transfer ban expires.
Van Persie, who has played for Arsenal and Manchester United, is currently unsettled at Turkish side Fenerbahce despite only signing for them this summer.
He was also part of the Holland side which failed miserably in its attempt to qualify for the European championship in France, as Iceland, Czech Republic and Turkey all finished above them in their group.
Barcelona are keen on Van Perise as a back-up striker to the lethal front three of Messi, Suarez and Neymar. However, with Messi injured and Suarez doubtful, they may be forced to play two youngsters alongside Neymar for Saturday’s game against Rayo Vallecano.
IT has been reported Barcelona could get their man for as little as €2.5 million, which would be a bid draw.
Article 67 of Barcelona’s statutes states that the ratio of debt to income cannot exceed 2.75. Their debt has gone up from €287m to €328m in one year but their income has not, meaning only very limited funds are available for January signings.