Manchester United are set to be at the heart of what could turn out to be one of the most shocking transfers this summer window, as per reports in the Express, who in turn cite the Turkish newspaper Fanatik.
Turkish giants Galatasaray are reported to have agreed personal terms with big Belgian Marouane Fellaini – and the Belgian may be on his way to Istanbul for €31 million! This rumour was further strengthened by Galatasaray’s Sporting Director, Cenk Ergun who said –
“There will be surprises, we are in talks with Fellaini. We have made an approach, we are close and if we get Fellaini we will end our pursuit of N’Diaye. We need a player like Fellaini who can shuttle around in midfield”
This adds substantial weight to what many had thought to be a cooked-up rumour
Fellaini had, of course, joined Manchester United in 2013 from Everton for €32.4 million as David Moyes sought to stamp his authority on the squad (and failed spectacularly). Ever since, the big Belgian with that distinctive Afro has been a figure of intense polarisation amongst the United faithful – more often than not eliciting emotions of strong hatred rather than devotion due to his often clumsy approach to the beautiful game.
Fellaini’s exit would likely spark United into action to find a new central midfielder.Nemanja Matic has been sounded out as an ideal recruit – but United may struggle to get Chelsea to sell to one of their title rivals.Leander Dendoncker is also on United’s radar and last night Anderlecht’s sporting director Herman van Holsbeeck admitted a deal for the Belgian could be done.“We want to cherish him, but if a club is willing to pay between €25m (£22.3m) and €35m (£31.3m), we have a problem.”
Galatasaray have made replacing Nigel de Jong a priority this window. The Dutch midfielder left the club earlier this summer.The Lions are also in talks with Manchester City midfielder Fernando who was left out of the pre-season US tour squad.Fellaini has just under 12 months remaining on his current contract and has not been offered a new deal.The Belgium international was however, included in the Red Devils pre-season squad which just wrapped up a tour of the US.Fellaini cost United £27.5 million back in 2013 (BBC) and remains one of the few remnants of the David Moyes era.