Fenerbahce are growingly confident that they will agree a deal with Manchester United for Robin van Persie, according to Sky Sports.
Officials from the Turkish club flew to London earlier this week to hold talks with Ed Woodward and Co regarding a transfer deal.
It appears those talks went rather well as Fenerbahce believe they are now within sight of sealing a deal for the Dutch striker.
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It has already been widely reported that Van Persie has agreed a contract in principle with the Super Lig club, thought to be a four-year deal worth a staggering £250,000-a-week.
That matches his current wage at Manchester United, but the length, taking him to 2019, will end when he is 35-years-old.
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They are obviously confident the striker, who has famously struggled with injury throughout his career, is capable of playing well passed his supposed peak years.
But while terms on a £5m transfer fee have been relatively easy to negotiate, the deal could be held up by Van Persie's demand to get the remaining 12 months of his contract paid up front.
Reports over the weekend suggested that the 31-year-old will demand a £12m payoff before agreeing to leave Old Trafford. Allegedly, he will refuse to leave if they don't do it.
Why would Manchester United agree to such a thing, you ask?
When Sir Alex Ferguson signed Van Persie from Arsenal in 2012, he handed the four-year deal worth £250,000-a-week but, to sweeten the deal, agreed to a £10m loyalty bonus if he remains at the club until the deal runs out.
So, if Van Persie remains at Old Trafford until next summer, not only will he pick up £12m in wages but he will also get the £10m bonus.
A bad signing?
Van Persie looks to have come to an unfortunate end to what could have been an iconic career at Old Trafford, thanks mainly to the retirement of Ferguson.
The Dutchman flourished under the legendary manager and never rekindled his goal scoring form under David Moyes or Van Gaal.
Should Manchester United agree to pay £12m up front, it means the total cost of the transfer, taking the £24m fee into account as well as the £5m Fenerbahce will reportedly pay, comes to an eye-watering £67m.
With Van Persie bagging 58 goals over three years, each strike has come at a cost of £1.2m.
While the excessive figures highlighted above make it seem as if he has been a poor signing, the fact is he almost single-handedly won Manchester United the Premier League title in 2013 probably makes up for his eventual shortcomings.
If Robin van Persie leaves this summer, will he go down as a flop?
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