Galatasaray confirmed that they are in talks with Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
The Turkish side has been closely linked with Fellaini this transfer window, as the United man has emerged as a key target for Galatasaray, amid reports speculating the Belgian’s departure from Old Trafford.
On Saturday, Galatasaray’s sporting director Cenk Ergun confirmed his side’s interest in signing the controversial midfielder, by stating: “We have a surprise name for a position. We have had talks with Marouane Fellaini. We need a player like Fellaini who can shuttle around in midfield. We have made an approach, we are close.”
The Belgian international is not particularly popular among certain fans who follow the Red Devils, and has experienced an up-and-down spell with the English giants since arriving from Everton back in 2013.
However, he was still a familiar name on Mourinho’s team sheet, and made 39 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring 3 goals and assisting 2.
Meanwhile, United are being strongly linked with a £40m move for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, as their Portuguese boss has made finding a midfield partner for Paul Pogba his top priority this summer. The Serbian’s arrival would mean significant drop in the minutes allotted to Fellaini, so a move to Istanbul certainly makes sense.
However, Jose publicly put an end to the speculation linking Fellaini with a move away from Manchester during the post-match interview after his side’s 3-0 friendly win over Valerenga on Sunday.
“It is easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane. Marouane forget it. He’s very important for me,” Mourinho stated, whilst insisting that Fellaini will stay at the Theatre of Dreams, regardless of Matic’s hypothetical arrival.
Mourinho’s men just wrapped up their pre-season tour of the US, which Fellaini was a part of. The midfielder has just 12 months left on his current contract with the Premier League giants, but there have been no talks about an extension just yet.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
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