Robin van Persie is ready to demand an incredible £12million pay-off to leave Manchester United this summer, reports The Mirror.
The Netherlands international appears to be closing in on a move to Fenerbahce after the Turkish club offer to match his £250,000-a-week wage as part of a four-year deal.
Louis van Gaal is keen to get Van Persie's wages off the bill and was ready to accept a cut-price £5m transfer fee to get the deal done.
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However, the 31-year-old will demand to be paid the remaining 12 months of his contract up front before agreeing to leave Old Trafford.
It seems an outrageous claim to make, but according to a report in The Mail, Manchester United would owe Van Persie a one-off £10m loyalty bonus if he is still at the club at the end of his contract.
Selling him now would mean that potential £10m payment is eradicated and Van Persie seems to be holding the club to ransom with regards to the clause.
Form and fitness
Manchester United are seeking a fresh striker who has more chance of being fit for the majority of next season. Van Persie has historically struggled to play over 30 games a season, making him a risky option to lead the attack.
He would be something of a bit-part player if he stays at Old Trafford, but Van Persie wants to be on top form heading into Euro 2016. Holland's qualification for the tournament is far from assured but the tournament is likely to be the last of Van Persie's international career.
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