Robin van Persie latest: Manchester United and Fenerbahce yet to agree transfer fee, despite striker being unveiled

The former Arsenal player appeared to finalise his move yesterday

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A fee for Robin van Persie is yet to be agreed between Manchester United and Fenerbahce, despite the striker being unveiled by the Turkish club in a glitzy ceremony yesterday.

The Netherlands international flew to Turkey on Sunday before completing a medical the following day and then agreeing terms on a three-year contract.

The 31-year-old former Arsenal player then appeared at a grand unveiling ceremony at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on Tuesday.

Thousands of fans gathered outside Fenerbahce's stadium to welcome the striker and the player spoke of his delight at joining the club, but it's understood the deal has not been completed yet as both clubs have yet to agree a fee.

With Van Persie turning 32 in three weeks' time and with his United contract expiring in 12 months, Manchester United were never expecting to recoup much of the £24m they paid for the Dutchman three years ago.

A figure of around £5m has been mooted for the forward, who scored just 10 goals for the club last term.

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United are on the lookout for a replacement for Van Persie. Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani is on their radar and the club retain an interest in Tottenham striker Harry Kane, even though they realise it will be extremely difficult to prise him away from White Hart Lane.

Robert Lewandowski has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford but the striker's agent insists it would cost at least 50 million euro (£35m) to persuade Bayern Munich to sell his client.

Currently the only fit senior striker that manager Louis van Gaal has at his disposal for the pre-season tour of the United States is Wayne Rooney.


James Wilson, 19, is viewed as a bright prospect, but has yet to prove he is worthy of a regular first-team place.

Javier Hernandez is not in the squad as he is suffering from a shoulder injury, but it would not come as a surprise if he stayed at the club beyond the end of the transfer window even though he was loaned to Real Madrid last season.

United kick off their four-match pre-season tour with a game against Mexican side Club America in Seattle in the early hours of Saturday morning before flying to San Jose, where they will play San Jose Earthquakes and Barcelona.

The two-and-a-half week tour ends with a match in Chicago against Paris St Germain.

Additional reporting by PA