According to reports, Chelsea have emerged alongside Italian giants Juventus and French side Monaco as potential suitors for Robin van Persie as speculation continues to mount over his Manchester United future.

The Dutch striker has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford this summer following United’s poor performance across all competitions so far this season, topped off by his comments after the loss to Olympiakos over a week ago.

Reports from Italian newspaper Tuttosport suggest Chelsea could be first to pounce should van Persie openly admit he wants to leave at the end of the season, although United will still have to give them the go ahead.