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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie (pictured) arrived in Istanbul last night to a raptourous welcome as the Manchester United striker edged closer to completing his move to Fenerbahce.

The Turkish giants announced last Thursday that they had entered into negotiations with United and the Dutch striker over a potential move and they have now revealed that he is due in Turkey on Sunday.

"Previously we reported that we had begun transfer negotiations with Manchester United and the Dutch player Robin van Persie.

"On the evening of Sunday July 12, he is coming to Istanbul," read a statement on their official website.

While Fenerbahce seem confident that a deal will be completed shortly, United boss Louis van Gaal had refused to confirm that the 31-year-old was on his way out of Old Trafford last Friday.

Asked whether he was looking for a another striker because Van Persie was leaving, Van Gaal said: "When you say that it is not all true.

"When we feel we can say he is gone you shall hear it from Manchester United. We don't have the feeling yet."

Van Persie scored 30 goals for United as they won the league in 2012-13 following his £24million move from Arsenal.

His impact since then, however, has been muted due to a series of niggling injuries, and he was limited to 10 goals in 29 appearances under compatriot Van Gaal last season.

Fenerbahce signed Van Persie's former United team-mate Nani last Monday for a reported £4.25million. If Van Persie is sold, United would have only Wayne Rooney, James Wilson and the injured Javier Hernandez - out with a broken collarbone - in their squad as recognised strikers following the exit of on-loan Falcao at the end of the season.

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