Robin van Persie agrees Manchester United pay-off to join Fenerbahce
EXCLUSIVE | By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Robin van Persie has agreed the terms of a £4.5million move to Fenerbahce, Football Insider sources understand.
United and Fenerbahce have settled on a transfer fee for the Dutchman, who has agreed to sign a three-year contract with the Turkish club with the option for a fourth year.
Football Insider sources understand that the deal will be finalised by the end of the week.
Discussions are now taking place between Van Persie’s representatives and United over the pay-off he will receive from the Premier League club. The striker will take a considerable salary cut to move to Turkey and he is expected to receive a ‘golden goodbye’ from United.
Football Insider revealed on Monday that the Premier League giants had granted their approval for Van Persie to end his three-year stay at Old Trafford.
The striker, who turns 32 next month, has been allowed to leave because he is no longer regarded by Louis van Gaal as a first-team regular and United are keen to free up space on their wage bill.
Van Persie has been willing to depart Old Trafford this summer, but one sticking point is that he wanted to be handed a pay-off which would enable him to get close to meeting the shortfall of the salary drop he would get at another club.
The Dutchman has a year remaining on his £250,000-a-week contract and United have not approached him to offer an extension.
The £24million signing from Arsenal scored only 10 times last season. While his campaign was once more disrupted by injury, Van Persie found himself behind even the misfiring Radamel Falcao towards the end of the season.
The forward has admitted there is uncertainty over his United future after he found himself on the sidelines when he returned from injury at the end of last season.
Speaking while on international duty in May, Van Persie was open about the prospect of leaving. “It’s a strange, difficult situation,” he said. “A new situation, that’s a better word. I have to think in a realistic way. It’s my ambition to play the next years. I’m thinking about my family and my children with every decision I take.”
Van Persie was the double-winning Player of the Year as he shot United to the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford but his goal return diminished in the subsequent two campaigns, following up his haul of 30 goals in 2012-13 with 18 and 10.