Robin van Persie to leave Manchester United: Lazio president Claudio Lotito labels transfer reports as 'total bull' as striker arrives in Rome

Van Persie was pictured arriving in Rome on Saturday but it appears any move to Lazio is not happening

Jack de Menezes
Saturday 06 June 2015 17:53 BST
Robin van Persie pictured with a fan at Rome's Fiumicino Airport
Robin van Persie pictured with a fan at Rome's Fiumicino Airport (Twitter)

Robin van Persie faces an uncertain future at Manchester United after he was pictured in Rome ahead of a reported £10m move to Lazio, but the Italian club's president has launched an extraordinary denial of any deal by claiming it's "total bull".

Van Persie was pictured arriving at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on Saturday, a day after playing in the Netherlands’ 4-3 international friendly defeat to the United States. However, with Guus Hiddink’s side due to play in Latvia on Friday in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, exactly why the United striker was in Italy was not immediately clear.

That sparked reports of the 31-year-old travelling to the Italian capital to finalise a move to Lazio, but club president Claudio Lotito labelled the rumours as “all rubbish” and rejected any move for the former Arsenal captain.

"Van Persie? Haven’t you figured this out yet?" Lotito told Italian publication Corriere dello Sport.

"It’s all rubbish! Total bull! [Agent Vincenzo] Morabito is the one trying to spread these rumours."

Van Persie’s future is in doubt due to a below-par season that saw him hampered by poor form and injuries. With just a year remaining on his contract, United could look to cash in on the striker, who struggled to get back into the first team when he returned from injury towards the end of the season.

Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie (GETTY IMAGES)

However, United manager Louis van Gaal isn’t blessed with options in attack following the departure of Radamel Falcao at the end of the season, and should Van Persie leave this summer he would be left with just Wayne Rooney and unproven 19-year-old James Wilson to choose from as United’s lead striker.

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