Manchester United & Robin van Persie negotiating cut-price exit

The striker is reported to be close to a move to Fenerbahce but he is hoping United pay up the final year of his deal at Old Trafford, which is worth around €17 million

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Manchester United are in talks with Robin van Persie over a settlement agreement which would see the striker leave Old Trafford this summer, Goal understands.

Van Persie returned to pre-season training at Carrington on Monday amid strong speculation in Turkey that a move to Fenerbahce is close to completion.

But it is understood that the Netherlands international is hoping to have the final year of his contract - worth around €17 million (£12m) - paid up before he leaves.

United are keen to get his huge salary off the wage bill this summer, which already means they are likely to recoup a fee of around €7m (£5m) for a player signed for five times that amount in 2012.

That refuced fee would enable any suitors to stump up more in personal terms for Van Persie, but United are likely to face further financial burden in his pay-off.

The club hope to meet the 31-year-old in the middle, meaning a payment of around €8.5m (£6m) which could be spread over the final year of his Old Trafford deal or deposited as a parting gift in the form of a lump sum.

United, though, may be reluctant to sanction any cut-price transfer if they cannot reach an agreement with the striker.

Van Persie has grown increasingly frustrated with life at United in recent months, and with the European Championship likely representing his final shot at an international tournament next summer, he is keen to play regularly in the forthcoming campaign.

But his family are settled in Manchester - his son is on the books at Manchester City - and he has previously spoken of his desire to keep them happy.

"That tournament [Euro 2016] is going to play a big role in the choice I will make," he said in June. "But most important is the wish of my wife and children.

"Whatever I do, my wife Bouchra and children Shaqueel and Dina Layla are the highest of my priorities. They have to be happy."

The chances of a move elsewhere in England, or to one of the major European leagues, looks unlikely, however.

Goal reported in May that Real Madrid had made early enquiries about his services, but that interest was never followed up and Turkish sides Galatasaray and Fenerbahce have shown more of a willingness to complete a deal.

Fener have emerged as the leading candidates to secure his signature in recent days and on Monday the Istanbul club also confirmed the arrival of Nani.

The Portuguese winger signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford at the start of the 2013-14 season but struggled to break into David Moyes' team thanks to injuries and was subsequently sent out on loan by new boss Louis van Gaal last summer.

He impressed with Lisbon outfit Sporting, particularly in the Champions League, last season but was swiftly moved on to a new home ahead of United's return to training as they work towards the 2015-16 campaign.