Barcelona Transfer News: Robin van Persie Reacts to Blaugrana, Chelsea Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 24, 2015

Ajax's Joel Veltman blocks a shot by Fenerbahce’s Robin van Persie, right, during the Europa League group A soccer match between Ajax and Fenerbahce at the ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie has played down rumours linking him with moves to Barcelona and Chelsea after pledging his loyalty to the Super Lig outfit.  

The former Manchester United and Arsenal forward moved to Fenerbahce from Old Trafford over the summer and spoke to Turkish-Football.com addressing the recent rumours (h/t the Daily Star's Alex Harris): "There is a lot of talk about Chelsea and Barcelona but I have received no offers and I am dedicated to Fenerbahce."

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It's been reported Barcelona will be forced to operate on a stringent transfer budget this winter, and Van Persie seemingly suits their needs after Spanish outlet Fichajes reported he would cost just £2.15 million (h/t Metro's Will Giles).

Meanwhile, Chelsea are hunting to improve their fortunes following a lacklustre start to their Premier League title defence, and Turkish outlet Fotomac reported Van Persie could join if Radamel Falcao's loan was ended early (h/t Metro's Mark Brus).

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The Dutchman has endured a rocky start to life in Turkey, scoring six goals in his first 19 appearances for Fenerbahce, where he's been joined by former Old Trafford team-mate Nani.

But with a contract that doesn't expire until the summer of 2018, Van Persie appears dedicated to the cause in Istanbul, and broadcaster Paul Sarahs suggests it is only a matter of time until the veteran found his footing:

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is under some pressure to boost his ranks this winter following the 2015 transfer embargo, with the club hoping to beef up their attacking ranks in preparation for any unforeseen injury issues.

Lluis Miguelsanz of Spanish newspaper Sport reported earlier this month that the Blaugrana have "virtually no money to spend," however, hence why a cut-price move for Van Persie, 32, could have made sense.

That being said, the player has struggled to find his footing in Turkey, and a move to the Camp Nou could be a huge risk given the reigning champions of Europe would demand an even higher standard.

The Rotterdam native has fallen out of favour in the Netherlands squad of late, and manager Danny Blind has commented on the centre-forward's apparent decline, according to FourFourTwo's Elko Born:

Fenerbahce fans will take comfort in Van Persie's comments and his commitment to their campaign, especially considering an early exit from his Super Lig contract may seem like the easy option as things stand.

Despite his age, Van Persie could still be a terrific asset to the Istanbul giants should he find his optimum form, and it appears Barcelona will have to look elsewhere in their hunt for affordable reinforcements.

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