Manchester United have agreed terms with Premier League rivals Arsenal for the transfer of star striker Robin van Persie.
The Holland international is now due to travel to Manchester on Thursday to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical with the Red Devils before putting pen to paper on an anticipated four-year deal.
Van Persie announced shortly after Euro 2012 that he would not be extending his contract with the Gunners, which has just 12 months left to run.
That sparked a scramble for his services, with United, Manchester City and Juventus all tabling offers for the 29-year-old former Feyenoord player.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side moved to the head of the queue and have now reached an agreement with Arsene Wenger's men, with the fee believed to be around £24million.
A statement on United's official website read: "Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached agreement with Arsenal Football Club for the transfer of Robin van Persie.
"The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course."
Arsenal issued a similar statement which added: "Van Persie will travel to Manchester on Thursday in order to agree personal terms and complete a medical ahead of the proposed move."
The Red Devils initially lodged a bid for the 29-year-old last month, but this was turned down by the Gunners amid further interest from Manchester City and Juventus.
However, City never followed up an initial inquiry, while Van Persie made it clear he was not interested in a move to Serie A.
Having taken the unusual step of confirming a bid on United's pre-season tour of South Africa, Ferguson is then said to have intervened in a deal that was in danger of stalling by speaking directly with Wenger.
Although the Frenchman did not want to sell his star man to a rival club, he realised the Gunners were in a tricky situation, with some supporters turning against their former favourite during a pre-season encounter with Cologne on Sunday.