Robin van Persie to join Fenerbahçe for €6.5 million
31-year-old set to become club’s highest paid player when he signs from Man United
Robin van Persie is on the verge of completing a €6.5 million move to Fenerbahçe. Photograph: Getty
Fenerbahçe have reached an agreement with Manchester United over the transfer of Robin van Persie to the Turkish club for a fee of £4.7m (€6.5m). As the Guardian reported last Saturday, the club and player had agreed terms for a possible transfer and the two clubs have been locked in talks all week.
The Fenerbahçe sporting director, Giuliano Terraneo, travelled to England to hold final talks with United this week and the Turkish club expect the move to be completed before the end of the week. Van Persie has been offered a three-year deal with an option for a further year.
Van Persie will replace Dirk Kuyt as the Yellow Canaries’ only Dutch player and the striker will become the Turkish side’s highest-paid player.
The developments are similar to the Nani deal, which was completed on Sunday. An agreement in principle with the 28-year-old winger was already in place before Terraneo flew out to Portugal to hold final talks with the player’s agent, after which he struck a £4.3m (€5.9m) deal with United.
Terraneo was among the crowd that welcomed Nani to Istanbul on Sunday and the Portuguese international publicly stated that the Italian director had been influential in the transfer process. “I am delighted to be here and want to thank the president and Terraneo for bringing me here,” Nani said.
Nani’s comments underline how important Terraneo has been in the club’s flurry of transfer activity since the start of the window and marks a complete change in the club’s footballing policy.
The Fenerbahce president, Aziz Yildirim, and the board have handed the 61-year-old Italian the reigns as far as the transfer policy is concerned and have taken a step back.
Traditionally Turkish club presidents and boards have had a far more hands-on approach in the transfer process with weak sporting directors serving merely as figure heads holding limited sway.
The former Lazio and Internazionale man became the first foreign sporting director at the club when he took charge at the end of last season but has already become a cult legend among the clubs fans.
Fenerbahçe have also completed the signings of the Lille centre-back Simon Kjaer, the Brazil international Josef de Souza from São Paulo, last season’s Super Lig golden boot winner Fernandão and the Turkish international Sener Ozbayrakli.