Robin van Persie is rejoining his former club Feyenoord – with the Dutch striker leaving Turkish giants Fenerbahce on a free transfer.
The 34-year-old left Manchester United in 2015 despite scoring ten goals in the previous campaign. However, he was deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal, and moved to Turkey having fired the Reds to the Premier League title in his first season at the club.
His spell at Fenerbahce was not as fruitful as first hoped – with Van Persie only appearing twice this season, and the club struggling to make an impact domestically since his arrival, qualifying for the Europa League last campaign.
The Dutchman scored 25 league goals for Aycut Kocaman’s side – but has now joined his first club, Feyenoord – who sit fifth in the Eredivisie table.
It was at Feyenoord where Van Persie first established his reputation as a world-class forward, with the left-footed striker hitting 22 goals before securing a £2.75 million transfer to Arsenal.
It proved to be some of the best money ever spent by the Gunners – with Van Persie hitting 132 goals in 278 appearances for the club before moving to Manchester United in 2012.
He also became the top scorer in the history of the Netherlands – scoring 50 goals for his country across a ten-year spell.
One of the select few strikers to hit over 100 goals in the Premier League – should the Dutch man replicate any of the form shown in the past, his career could very well end on a high at the place it all started.
It is likely his name will be plastered on scoresheets once more in future, before his retirement is announced.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena