Manchester United agree Robin van Persie deal with Fenerbahce

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A number of sources have claimed that Robin van Persie is just hours away from completing a transfer to Fenerbahce with the Turkish club and Manchester United coming to an agreement on Thursday morning.

The Guardian claims that an offer of £4.7m was accepted by Manchester United while sources have told ESPN that Van Persie is on his way to London to undergo medical checks.

That information contradicts earlier reports from the Daily Mail, which claimed that the Red Devils had rejected Fenerbahce's offer and were hoping for closer to £10m.


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The 31-year-old has already agreed a deal in principle with the Super Lig runners-up and is expected to become Turkey's highest paid player on a basic wage of £250,000-a-week.

It was originally claimed that a four-year deal was on the table, but the report in today's Guardian, as referenced above, says it will be slightly different; a three-year deal with the option to add another 12 months.

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Personal touch

Fenerbahce sporting director, Giuliano Terraneo, has been in London since the beginning on the week and is believed to have held talks with Old Trafford's top brass over a transfer deal.

It helps that bridges between the two clubs were already built by last week's transfer that saw Nani make the same journey. The Portuguese star agreed a deal worth £4.3m and Terraneo was personally present during those negotiations too.

Both Nani and Van Persie have fallen out of favour under Van Gaal with the former spending last season on loan to Sporting Lisbon and the latter finding himself further on the fringes as the campaign went on.

With Memphis Depay arriving from PSV Eindhoven and money in the bank to buy a new striker, both have been deemed expendable by the ruthless manager.


Once Van Persie's exit from Old Trafford is confirmed, attention will inevitably turn to the man who will replace him.

Following the departure of Radamel Falcao, the Red Devils will have just three recognised strikers in their squad in the form of Javier Hernandez, James Wilson and Wayne Rooney. Hernandez is also expected to leave at some point this summer.

The world-class strikers that may be available for the right price this summer are Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain, who is reportedly discontent with life in southern Italy, and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, who could fall victim to Rafa Benitez's tactical revolution.

Both are likely to cost more than £40m, but money no longer seems to be no object for the corporate giant that is Manchester United.


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