With the January transfer window approaching, clubs across Europe have begun their planning for importing and exporting players, and Manchester United are not any different.
However, the club has told boss Jose Mourinho that he will have to offload players before he can introduce new names to the squad. And according to Sunday Mirror, the first in the line to depart Old Trafford shall be Marouane Fellaini.
Though opinions have been divided between fans about him, the Belgian international has proved to be one of Mourinho’s most reliable players. Fellaini has always found himself at ease under the Portuguese, who has helped him develop his United career.
However, it seems like the former Chelsea boss will have to wave goodbye to one of his favourites players, as the Mirror reports that the towering midfielder is set to join Turkish giants Besiktas. The transfer is said to be worth around £8 million, and a deal is reportedly agreed between the two parties.
With the introduction of Nemanja Matic and the availability of star players like Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Michael Carrick, and Ander Herrera, a midfield spot is hardly a luxury in Manchester. Though a move to Turkey would offer the Belgian considerably more match-time, the switch may not appeal to him.
The 29-year-old is certainly handy to the United boss as a solution to the ongoing injury crisis in the red side of Manchester, but the player may well end up making an exit should a reinforcement with a higher profile manage to secure a move to the Theatre of Dreams.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.