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Nani is no longer a Man United player and it appears RVP will be joining him in Turkey

The winger’s Old Trafford career has come to an end.

Nani was unveiled on Monday afternoon.
Nani was unveiled on Monday afternoon.
Image: Fenerbahce/Twitter

PORTUGUESE STAR NANI has joined Fenerbahce from Manchester United as the Turkish club seeks to add a glittering array of foreign talent to their ranks ahead of the new season.

After last month’s signing of Danish centre back Simon Kjaer, Fenerbahce are reportedly also pursuing Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.

Nani, 28, a United player since 2007, spent all of last season on loan at his former club Sporting Lisbon and was not expected to figure in manager Louis van Gaal’s plans for this season.

The Cape Verde-born winger arrived at an Istanbul airport to a hero’s welcome from Fenerbahce fans late on Sunday and underwent a successful medical Monday.

Fenerbahce said a three-year contract had been agreed with a transfer fee of €6 million.

“Agreement has been reached with the player himself and the club,” Fenerbahce said in a statement.

A signing ceremony and news conference will be held at Fenerbahce’s stadium on the Asian side of Istanbul later Monday.

In his eight years at Manchester United, Nani scored 41 times in 230 appearances.

Turkey Portugal Soccer Nani Nani was mobbed by fans when he arrived in Istanbul. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Meanwhile, Nani’s Manchester United teammate Robin van Persie, 31, whose 2014/2015 season was blighted by an ankle injury, could arrive in Istanbul as soon as Tuesday to agree terms with Fenerbahce, the Hurriyet daily reported.

However van Persie’s manager Kees Vos was quoted as dousing the speculation in Dutch media, saying the player would be reporting for pre-season training with Manchester United as normal.

Turkish press reports have said that van Persie had been encouraged to join Fenerbahce by its former Dutch stars Dirk Kuyt, who left last season after becoming a firm crowd favourite, and Pierre van Hooijdonk.

Fenerbahce are looking to create an unbeatable line-up for the new season, after losing the Super Lig title to their eternal and bitter Istanbul rivals Galatasaray.

Galatasaray have themselves been active in the transfer market, notably signing German international Lukas Podolski from Arsenal on a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year.

Fenerbahce finished three points behind Galatasaray in the race for the Super Lig title and parted company with coach Ismail Kartal, replacing him with former Porto and Olympiacos Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira.

They could face Man United in the Champions League qualifiers in August.

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