Robin van Persie given permission to discuss terms with Fenerbahce
EXCLUSIVE | By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Robin van Persie has been given permission by Manchester United to discuss personal terms with Fenerbahce, Football Insider sources understand.
United and Fenerbahce will hold further talks this week as the Dutchman edges closer to a move to the Turkish club.
Football Insider understands that the Premier League giants have granted their approval for Van Persie to end his three-year stay at Old Trafford.
The striker, who turns 32 next month, 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 to leave Old Trafford this summer, but one sticking point is that he wanted to be handed a pay-off by the Premier League club of around £2million, 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. He knows he will not get anywhere near the same salary at a new club due to his age and recent form.
Football Insider sources have learned that United will listen to offers for Van Persie as they plan to overhaul their front line.
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.