Reports suggesting that Fenerbahce are yet to agree upon a fee with Manchester United for the transfer of Robin van Persie may just be wide of the mark, with the club's general secretary Mahmut Uslu confirming that the deal will cost the Super Lig club just £3.84m ($5.9m).
Having held frank conversations with Louis van Gaal regarding his future during an annual end-of-season golf day in May, reports that he was set for a move to Turkey were confirmed when Fenerbahce posted pictures of the striker flying into Istanbul and undergoing a medical before presenting him to supporters and holding a press conference at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on 14 July.
A lack of any sort of official announcement from United aroused initial suspicion that the transfer might not yet be totally complete, however, and that feeling was fuelled by widespread speculation suggesting that the two parties had yet to settle on an acceptable price for Van Persie, despite him penning a three-year deal.
That is not the case according to Uslu, who saod the real figure that is over £20m less than the bill footed by United when they initially signed the Netherlands international from Arsenal back in August 2012.
"We signed Robin van Persie for £3.84 million," he said in an interview with broadcaster Lig TV as translated by Turkish-Football.com.
Van Persie claimed during his first press conference at Fenerbahce that he saw his exit from Old Trafford coming after an underwhelming, injury-affected 2014/15 season and proceeded to thank his teammates and United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, without making any reference to Van Gaal.
"I had a really good moment with the players just before I left. Everyone in the squad showed me that they had appreciated my time at United. That was enough for me to leave with the right feeling," Van Persie told reporters, as quoted by The Mirror.
"Let me please add one more person to thank. I highly appreciate the work of [executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward in this transfer. He was the man who was very classy in all this. A true gentleman. Ed, if you are listening or watching, thank you.
"I had to leave the club, and that was not a big surprise to me. I saw the situation coming. I was getting used to the situation (of being overlooked). I don't make a big deal of it. It is football for you. Honestly, I have no hard feelings how it has all gone. I accept it. I had a good time with the players and that is important."
Van Persie is the second player to leave United for Fenerbahce this month, with Portuguese winger Nani having followed the same path in another cut-price deal, believed to be worth £4.25m.
Forgotten right-back Rafael could also move to Turke after The Guardian suggested that a switch to Galatasaray, who signed Lukas Podolski from Arsenal earlier this summer, was edging closer to completion.