Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie is edging closer to a Fenerbahce switch after reaching an agreement with the Super Lig outfit, a source close to the club told Turkish-football.com.
Van Persie’s agent Kees Vos has been in Istanbul for the past two days, involved in negotiations with Fenerbahce over bringing the Dutch striker to Turkey.
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.
The Netherland international’s wife initially had reservations about a move to Turkey, but warmed to the idea after spending last week in Istanbul.
According to our source, former Fenerbahce winger Dirk Kuyt has been key in convincing Van Persie to make the move. The former Liverpool man spent three seasons in Istanbul winning the Super Lig, the Turkish Cup and Turkish Super Cup during his time with the Yellow Canaries.
Van Persie failed to replicate his 2012-13 Premier League championship-winning form over the last league campaign.
The Dutch international has admitted that he could leave the club this summer in pursuit of first team football ahead of the European Championships.
The 2016 European Championships could play a major role in the Dutch striker deciding on his future.
Van Persie was quoted by the Mirror as saying: “When I signed for United, I knew these kinds of [reports] would appear. Next year is the European Championship. That tournament is going to play a big role in the choice I will make.
“I have to be in my best form. But most important is the wish of my wife and children.
“Whatever I do Bouchra, Shaqueel and Dina Layla are the highest of my priorities. They have to be happy.”
The Yellow Canaries booked a place in the Champions League play-off round after finishing the Super Lig in second place.