Robin van Persie looks like he could be on the brink of a shock return to the Premier League with newly promoted Middlesbrough and fans are struggling to believe the deal is happening.
The Dutch striker has been with Turkish giants Fenerbahce for the last year, after departing Manchester United last summer in a cut-price move.
But reports continue to circulate suggesting that van Persie is keen on a move back to England, with Crystal Palace, West Ham, Leicester and even his former club Arsenal all linked with a deal for the 32-year-old.
However, earlier today, Middlesbrough emerged as front runners for his signature, after reports that a transfer was imminent – and even rumours on social media that van Persie had been shown around the club’s training ground on Tuesday.
Van Persie at Middlesbrough? It does seem hard to imagine:
What is Van Persie doing at Middlesbrough?? ???
— KariukiThe1st (@Karriss) July 6, 2016
Robin Van Persie to Middlesbrough???? what???
— Mrs Mourinho (@missp000) July 6, 2016
— Stu. (@StuRich1991) July 6, 2016
Lool van Persie signing for Middlesbrough unreal will get them top 10
— MM (@friendswithtoto) July 6, 2016
Why am I seeing van Persie and Middlesbrough in the same sentence
— Craig (@CR4IGBURKE) July 6, 2016
Robin Van Persie is close to signing for Middlesbrough he was at their training ground on Tuesday.
— Denola O. (@adenolao) July 6, 2016
The little boy inside still at work, nau…"@Adorayyble: Omg Van Persie to Middlesbrough ?"
— James Godwin™ (@GoddyJames) July 6, 2016
Middlesbrough being linked to Victor Valdes & Robin Van Persie.. The Premier League has turned into a game of Football Manager.
— Mözart (@AFCMozart) July 6, 2016
Middlesbrough' really about to Sign Van Persie and Valdes.
I'm gone… What is this PL turning to
— Marc™ (@Tzar_Marc) July 6, 2016
Middlesbrough to sign Van Persie!? ?
— Jimbo South ★★ (@JimboSouth) July 6, 2016
Is it really a crazy suggestion? How would he fare at the Riverside?