Manchester United are willing to listen to permanent offers for Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini this January, according to the Mirror.
Fellaini, 31, is not favoured by interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and could leave Old Trafford during this window if United’s £15 million valuation is matched. Having signed a new two year deal last summer under José Mourinho, United are not willing to let Fellaini leave on the cheap and may let the player stay until the end of the season if an agreement with another club is not reached.
Serie A giants AC Milan and Portuguese champions Porto are both said to be targeting the big Belgian, along with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.
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Solskjaer left Fellaini out of Sunday’s matchday squad entirely against Tottenham at Wembley, and the former Mourinho favourite has made just two substitute appearances under the caretaker boss. Fellaini clearly lacks the pace and agility required for the Norwegian’s style of play based around intensity in attack and it does not look like he will be needed even as a plan B for United.
The news comes after talkSPORT host Jim White had suggested Fellaini was on ‘borrowed time’ at Old Trafford and is free to leave on loan.
“It’s now become apparent Marouane Fellaini can go amid talk that Solskjaer is not too happy with his attitude,” White told talkSPORT.
“Fellaini has been on the outside looking in since Mourinho departed the scene.
“And it’s my understanding this morning he could go on loan in this window and so might McTominay.”
“Players are in suits, as Solskjaer wants them to feel they represent United.”
“Fellaini can go, he isn’t happy with his attitude. He’s on borrowed time.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 14, 2019
Although, it now appears the player, signed by David Moyes for £27m in 2013, as reported by BBC Sport, could leave on a permanent basis. Fellaini has come under criticism from large sections of the fan base since arriving at Old Trafford and it will come as a relief to many fans to see the back of the Belgian, who was never truly good enough to be Man Utd regular in midfield.