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Arsenal are plotting a shock move for Marouane Fellaini as Manchester United seem ready to sell the midfielder for £8m this winter, according to Italian media outlet TeamTalk.
Fellaini was heavily linked with a move to the North London club before former United manager David Moyes spent £27m to acquire the midfielder from Everton on deadline day back in 2013.
The Belgian international has never been a fan favorite at the Old Trafford due to his uncompromising style of play but Fellaini has still featured in 142 games for the first team over the past four years.
Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the 29-year-old’s but Fellaini has still found it difficult to hold down a regular place in the first team having started just three Premier League games and none in the Champions League this term.
The midfielder has entered into the final year of his deal with the Red Devils and has so fardeclined signing an extension for the club so there is a high probability that Fellaini could be bidding Old Trafford goodbye for free at the end of the season.
Stats as collated via WhoScored shows Fellaini has bettered Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and even Jack Wilshere rating at 7.42 while only Ramsey who has 7.35 WhoScored ratings might seem a competitive player for Belgian.
It seems United are not ready to lose him for free as TeamTalk are quoting a report from Calciomercato that claims the Red Devils are ready to relieve him of his contract during the January transfer window with a reported price tag of £8m. He has attracted a lot of attention but the report says Arsenal have emerged as surprise suitors with the Emirates resident hoping to bring Fellaini down to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have often been criticized for being weak at the centre and the publication says Arsene Wenger feels Fellaini is the right person to add more depth to their midfield.
Understandably, United would prefer not to lose the Belgian midfield powerhouse to a Premier League rival so they’ll do all they can to transfer Fellaini to a club abroad this winter.
However, there is not much United can do to prevent the player from running down his contract a dn moving in with Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of the campaign if he decides to move up North.
We’ll have to wait and see how this all pan out over the coming months but it would be a surprise if Fellaini ends up with the Gunners.