Turkish club Fenerbahce have confirmed that they are in talks to sign Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.
Van Persie signed for the Old Trafford club in 2012 for a fee of £24m but after a very successful first season, endured a tough time under David Moyes. There were hopes he would flourish under the guidance of his international manager Louis van Gaal but the 2014/15 season did not go much better for the Dutch forward.
The striker has one year left on his contract and the fee is rumoured to be in the region of £4.7m.
From the Guardian:
Fenerbahce have reached an agreement with Manchester United over the transfer of Robin van Persie to the Turkish club for a fee of £4.7m. As the Guardian reported last Saturday, the club and player had agreed terms for a possible transfer and the two clubs have been locked in talks all week.
The Fenerbahce sporting director, Giuliano Terraneo, travelled to England to hold final talks with United this week and the Turkish club expect the move to be completed before the end of the week. Van Persie has been offered a three-year deal with an option for a further year.
On Thursday Fenerbahce released a statement to the Istanbul stock exchange confirming their talks with United. Van Persie will replace Dirk Kuyt as the Yellow Canaries’ only Dutch player and the striker will become the Turkish side’s highest-paid player.
Should the move be completed, then he will be the fourth senior striker to leave United this summer, after Falcao’s loan ended, Will Keane’s loan move to Preston, and Angelo Henriquez’s free transfer. There are likely to be more departures with Javier Hernandez surplus to requirements.
Van Persie’s departure will inevitably lead to increased speculation about players coming in – with another huge earner off of the wage bill, it seems only a matter of time before Van Gaal brings in some replacements.