Former Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro has revealed that Marouane Fellaini’s agent tried to secure a move to the Chinese League for his client in the winter.
The Italian legend – Cannavaro – is currently the manager of Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian and is preparing his team for the new season. The 43-year-old has now claimed that Manchester United‘s 29-year-old midfielder was offered to him before the end of Chinese transfer window.
However, the gaffer told the Belgian’s agent that Fellaini will not be a good fit for his plans and he is looking for a different kind of player. He was quoted by The Sun as saying: “I think above all about signing players aged 28 or 29. Marouane Fellaini was offered to us.
“But I told his agent that I am looking for a different type of player.”
Fellaini, who signed a one-year extension with Manchester United back in January, has been an in and out personnel for the squad and his first team starts have been restricted due to the brilliance of both Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick.
Even though the latter isn’t getting any young and may hang his cleats anytime, Fellaini isn’t a long-term picture for Mourinho, hence, the Portuguese might look to add another midfield general in the summer, which will further reduce Fellaini’s chances.
Moving to the Chinese League might well prove to be a decent prospect for the Belgian, but Cannavaro, on his part, has clearly indicated that Fellaini isn’t the one for him.
What does the future hold for the 29-year-old remains to be seen, but right at this very moment, he is a vital cog for the manager as the Devils are still active in three different competition, hence, having a good and reliable dept is never a bad option.
Furthermore, Cannavaro also stated his desire to bring Everton’s Romelo Lukaku to China, but Everton snubbed every opportunity. While he was also keen to add AS Roma’s Radja Nainggolan.
“It is possible to speak to Romelu Lukaku, but the problem is that Everton don’t want to let him leave.
“The Belgian national team has fantastic players who are of interest to Chinese clubs. I was keen on Roma’s Radja Nainggolan, as he could get an Asian passport and clubs can now field just three foreign players.”