Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is a surprise target for French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
The Belgium international is out of contract at Old Trafford next summer and is believed to have turned down United’s initial offer of a new deal. Turkish side Besiktas are monitoring his situation and are keen to offer him a contract. But reports from France claim PSG are looking at offering Fellaini a four-year deal. They want him to replace Thiago Motta whose contract expires at the end of the season.
Fellaini turned 30 on Wednesday and at that age Manchester United will only offer a one-year deal. It is believed the Red Devils have broken their own rules by stretching their offer to two years and even then the second season is an option for the club to exercise at their discretion. PSG’s offer is for four years and the fact that he would be available on a free transfer makes him even more attractive to a club struggling with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
Another Turkish outfit, Galatasaray, offered Fellaini a four-year deal during the summer that was worth around £80,000 a week. It’s less than the £120-130,000 a week he currently earns at Manchester United but the length of contract would have been the clincher. However, Jose Mourinho scuppered the deal by telling Galatasaray they had more chance of signing him than Fellaini.
Fellaini is free to speak to overseas clubs from 1 January about a pre-contract agreement. Reports from France are claiming that talks have already taken place between representatives of PSG and Fellaini’s agent.
The Belgian has struggled to convince Manchester United fans since his arrival from Everton in a £28million transfer in 2013. But Jose Mourinho rates him highly. Fellaini’s bulk marks him out as an ideal ‘Jose Mourinho player’.