Maourane Fellaini has been offered to Turkish Giants Galatasaray, according to Mynet.
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Fellaini has endured a torrid three years at Old Trafford, and is seen by many as a symbolic representation of United’s failures under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
The Belgian is not a popular figure at the Theatre of Dreams, with fans desperate for Mourinho to show him the exit door. He has come in for heavy criticism from United fans, who were infuriated by van Gaal’s persistence use of him.
His unorthodox style makes it particularly hard for the Old Trafford faithful to endear to the big man. Having had stylish yet solid midfielders in the past such as Paul Scholes, Bryan Robson, and Roy Keane, fans do not see Fellaini as United quality.
And there might be an escape route for the man labelled ‘the big tree’, with Turkish club Galatasaray reportedly interested in signing the 28-year-old.
As per rumours, the club were attempting to sign Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva, but after their attempts failed, they now see Fellaini as their prime target.
United went all out this summer in order to capture Paul Pogba, paying a world-record fee in order to acquire his services. United also signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Bundesliga Giants Borussia Dortmund this summer, and with players such as Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Michael Carrick all fighting for a place in the squad, Fellaini might find game time hard to come by.
Galatasaray, however, are ready to offer the midfielder a guaranteed first team place and an impressive wage package in order to bring him to Turkey.
Sunderland were also reportedly interested in Fellaini, after David Moyes, who bought and managed Fellaini for both Everton Manchester United, took over as manager.
Moyes has already signed Paddy McNair and Donald Love from United, along with the capture of Adnan Januzaj on loan, and Fellaini could be the next player to depart from Old Trafford for the Stadium of Light.