Robin van Persie is reportedly ready to shun interest in his services from outside of Old Trafford and commit himself to the final 12 months of his contract at Manchester United.
It is difficult to argue against such a decision, if this is indeed the stance he is prepared to take.
There is every chance that Van Persie will be given the opportunity to play an important part in what could be a very productive 2015/16 campaign for United, with 32Red at the time of writing rating the Red Devils as 15/2 shots to recapture the Premier League crown. That would not be a bad bet, particularly as there is the added incentive or transferring any winnings to 32Red mobile casino for the chance of gaining some more cash.
That may be a slightly ambitious target, in just the second year of a rebuilding project under Louis van Gaal but silverware of some sort is certainly there to be shot at.
United are unaccustomed to enduring two-year breaks between trophy triumphs and will be determined to ensure that the barren run is not allowed to tick past a third.
Getting back on top of things in the league is the overriding ambition, but cup competitions will offer ample opportunity to return to winning ways, with Betfred prepared to offer 7/1 on the FA Cup returning to the red half of Manchester, while betway go as short as 5/1.
If Van Gaal’s men are to make inroads into the numerous competitions clogging up their calendar next term, then they will need strength, depth and experience in abundance.
Van Persie quite clearly ticks both of those boxes.
The 2014/15 campaign may have been largely forgettable for the Dutchman, but he still broke into double figures in terms of his Premier League goal return despite seeing fitness issues and tactical tinkering hamper his cause.
He still has plenty to offer, of that there is little doubt, and could be a vital squad member as United compete on multiple fronts at home and abroad.
At 31 years of age, he has been there, done it and got the t-shirt.
United need those qualities, especially in the Champions League – where 32Red have them at 25/1 to go all the way – with the Red Devils needing options to turn to in a possible hour of need.
Having a man boasting 98 international caps with Holland and over 200 career goals in reserve would be no bad thing, while Van Persie would also provide able cover should Wayne Rooney suffer unfortunate injuries and/or suspensions over the course of the campaign and a familiar face for new recruit Memphis Depay as he looks to fulfil his undoubted potential in new surroundings.
Welcome to MUFC Memphis Depay. pic.twitter.com/gdV4Tm4RhJ
— Robin van Persie (@Persie_Official) May 7, 2015
Staying another year, as claimed by the Independent, really does appear to be a no-brainer.
Serie A champions Juventus have been linked, but they have just added Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic to a striking stable that already includes Alvaro Morata and Fernando Llorente, even when taking an impending exit for ex-United man Carlos Tevez into account.
Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are also said to be keen, but a switch to Turkey makes little sense at this point.
If Van Persie were to hold out for another 12 months, he would be free to move on in the summer of 2016 to the highest bidder and line his pockets with one last bumper pay packet before hanging up his boots.
Were he to do that with another medal added to his roll of honour – to go with the Premier League title he helped to secure in 2012/13 – few could accuse the Dutchman of having failed to provide value for money to United or bear a grudge at seeing him walk away at the expiration of a lucrative contract.