Fenerbahce appear to have moved a step closer to securing the services of Dutch striker Robin van Persie after holding talks with Manchester United in London this week.
This is according to the Mirror, who understand that talks have been held between the two clubs over a potential deal for the 31-year-old.
It was reported earlier this week that Manchester United have put Van Persie up for sale, convinced the Dutchman’s best days are now behind him following two consecutive seasons plagued by injuries and below-par form.
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Van Persie has already agreed personal terms with Fenerbahce, according to a report from the Guardian on Saturday, and looks set to become the second United star to join the Turkish club this month following the transfer of Portugal international Nani.
That it was Fenerbahce director Giuliano Terraneo who flew to the English capital for the meeting indicates how keen the Turkish Süper Lig runners-up are to concluding a deal for the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner.
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United to save £12m a year by selling Van Persie
It’s believed that Fener are not prepared to meet Manchester United’s £12 million valuation for Van Persie, who the Red Devils signed for £24 million from Arsenal three years ago, but the Premier League giants are expected to reach a compromise agreement.
Selling Van Persie would save Manchester United a whopping £250,000-a-week in wages - £12 million a year - and so it makes sense for the English club to negotiate a fairer price with Fenerbahce.
Van Persie is finished as a top-level striker
While United fans will always remember Van Persie fondly for the extraordinary manner in which he helped the club win the Premier League trophy at the end of his debut campaign at Old Trafford, the former Arsenal captain has not been the same player since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of that 2012-13 season.
He struggled under David Moyes, although still ended the season with a reasonably impressive 18 goals in 28 appearances, but was expected to rediscover his best form under Louis van Gaal - the man who made him captain of the Netherlands national team.
But 10 goals in 29 appearances was the result of a hugely disappointing individual campaign for Van Persie who, at times last season, looked finished as a top-level striker.
Spanish sources have claimed that Real Madrid are considering a move for the Oranje star, but a move to Turkey might suit the striker better at this stage in his career.
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