Robin van Persie transfer fee not yet agreed

Manchester United have still not agreed a fee with Fenerbahce for the transfer of Robin van Persie even though the striker has already been unveiled by the Turkish giants.

Van Persie 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 then appeared at a grand unveiling ceremony at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on Tuesday.

However it has emerged that the deal has not been completed yet as both teams have yet to agree a fee.

United do not expect to receive a big sum for the Dutchman given that he turns 32 in three weeks’ time.

A figure of around £5 million (€7.1m) has been mooted for the forward, who scored just 10 goals for the club last term.

In other transfer news, Argentina international striker Gonzalo Higuain will not leave Napoli this summer, according to club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

The former Real Madrid star has three years left on his contract with Napoli and the Serie A club have no intention of letting him leave.

“There is absolutely no chance that Higuain will leave,” De Laurentiis said. “Gonzalo is a Napoli player.

“I have made his (release) clause clear in order to stop the constant speculation that appears in the press. There is a precise clause.”

Napoli paid Real Madrid €40m to sign Higuain in the summer of 2013 and any potential suitors would have to splash out €94.7m, Higuain’s release clause, to acquire the player.

Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid have confirmed the signing of Jackson Martinez from FC Porto.

The 28-year-old has agreed a four-year contract with Atletico after the Spanish club reportedly met his €35m release clause.

Sunderland have announced the signing of Netherlands international Jeremain Lens on a four-year deal from Dynamo Kiev.

It is understood the Black Cats have paid a fee in the region of £8m (€11.4m) for the 27-year-old, who can play on the wing or as a forward.

Southampton have announced the signing of Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie on a five-year deal in a move understood to be worth up to £8.4m (€12m).


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