Jose Mourinho has not given up hopes of tying Marouane Fellaini down with a new contract.
The Belgian international has been at the club for 5 years now, and was reportedly negotiating a pay rise up to £125,000 a week. United were understood to have balked at these demands, and were deemed unlikely to re-sign Fellaini.
Even Arsenal, who held talks with the would-be free agent, have reportedly hit the brakes on his signing because of his wage demands – he seems hell-bent on earning what he thinks he’s due.
The soon-to-be 31-year-old has possibly put his best playing days behind him, but according to Manchester Evening News, Mourinho remains adamant about re-signing the Belgian.
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The Portuguese tactician was quoted as saying: “The position is that we are almost there but in football almost is not enough. I want to see the white paper with the United crest and Ed Woodward’s signature and Marouane’s signature.”
Fellaini appears to be at the phase of his career wherein turning mercenary for the likes of AC Milan, or clubs from Turkey or China (all rumoured to be interested in him) would be in his best financial interests.
The likes of Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, and Juan Mata have all had the one-year extension options in their deals with the club activated.
While Young and Mata see reasonable amounts of first-team football, Blind and Shaw have fallen out of first-team contention on a regular basis under the Special One.
United have already signed a defensive midfielder in Fred to prepare for the apparently imminent departure of Fellaini.
Diogo Dalot will provide competition to Antonio Valencia at the right-back spot, while Matteo Darmian is one of the likeliest players to depart from Old Trafford in a roster makeover during this summer.