Fenerbahçe sporting director Giulliano Terraneo boarded a flight for England this morning according to Fanatik and is reported to be entering the final stages of talks with Manchester United over the transfer of Robin van Persie.
Pictures of Terraneo on the flight to England were linked on social media shortly after the Turkish press reported that the sporting director was England bound.
As reported by Turkish-football.com’s Emre Sarıgül writing for the Guardian on Saturday Fenerbahçe have reached an agreement-in-principle for the United star.
The Istanbul-based club and the Red Devils are still in discussions over the transfer fee and the final details, but the 31-year-old striker has agreed personal terms with Fenerbahce and will put pen-to-paper on a four-year contract if a deal is struck with United.
SkyBet suspended betting on Robin van Persie joining a new club before the end of the transfer market shortly after.
Chris Spicer from Sky Sport said: “We already held Fenerbahce as clear favourites to sign Van Persie but recent media reports seem to have sparked more intense interest, with the one-sided nature of the money forcing us to pull the market.
“Van Persie has been odds-on to leave Manchester United since the transfer window re-opened and it now looks like his destination has been settled.”
Fenerbahçe recently completed the signing of Van Persie’s teammate Nani on a three-year deal.
The Portuguese international stated that he would like Van Persie to join the club and underlined that he would be a good choice for the Yellow Canaries were he to join.
The 28-year-old winger was asked if he has had the chance to speak about the ongoing talks between United and Fenerbahçe over Van Persie at his official signing ceremony.
“No I have not had the chance to speak with him yet but if he is coming here I think it is a very good decision to come here as he is a very experienced player and a player who will score goals,” Nani told Turkish-football.com sources at the signing ceremony.
“I know him well we are good friends so if the club signs him it will be a great choice.”