Marouane Fellaini is set to bring an end to his spell at Old Trafford in the January transfer window, with Besiktas the prime favourites to secure his signature.
Jose Mourinho has been told that the only way he will be allowed to spend big again is if he lets go of his fringe players, and despite his sudden rise in importance over the last two seasons, Fellaini appears to just squeeze into that category.
Mourinho is a huge admirer of the big Belgian, but understands that sacrifices have to be made if he is to secure more top class players that can elevate his side to a new level.
Fellaini is, according to Mirror Sport, set for a move to Besiktas for around £8 million, and has been allowed to leave Old Trafford. With his contract set to expire in the summer, and no new deal agreed just yet, it appears as though the club is trying to make as much of a profit as possible on the 29-year-old instead of losing him for free.
The former Everton star has been linked with a move to the Turkish Super Lig for quite a while now, with Galatasaray previously showing an interest.
However, Besiktas have taken the extra step of making public their interest in the midfielder, and images that have surfaced of him in Istanbul suggest that talks between the player and club are already underway.
Besiktas official Metin Albayrak revealed the club’s interest in an interview with Turkish-Football, saying: “Fellaini is on our list, we have made efforts to sign him but not just him.”
Letting go of Fellaini will allow Mourinho to pursue a move for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, who has caught the eye of several of Europe’s elite clubs with his recent barnstorming performances for the Ukrainian outfit.
Valencia and Sevilla are both keen on bringing the 24-year-old Brazilian to La Liga, but a move to Man Utd in the Premier League would seem to be a more exciting prospect for the attacking midfielder.
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