Marouane Fellaini’s Manchester United career could be coming to a close.
The Belgian midfielder’s Old Trafford expires at the end of the current season, and with no breakthrough in negotiations in the offing, there has been widespread speculation that Fellaini would be looking to move on at the campaign.
To that end, the Times have reported that Fellaini has been offered terms on a three-year deal by AC Milan.
Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur has since corroborated the report, confirming Milan’s attempt to lure Fellaini to the San Siro.
That’s a confirmation from my side. AC Milan have contacted Marouane Fellaini about a summer move. They are willing to offer him a long term deal. Man United still in the race, though. #mufc #acmilan pic.twitter.com/cqetUVLbvU
— Kristof Terreur ? (@HLNinEngeland) May 20, 2018
Fellaini has been making noises about wanting to stay at Man United if he is offered the right deal to stay with the Premier League side (and the report suggests that it is his preference to extend his four-year spell with the club) but he has also made it quite clear that he is quite prepared to walk away from the club if he feels undervalued.
The length of contract could be an issue with Milan’s three-year offer outweighing Man United’s one year, as too would be the 30-year-old’s wage demands.
Jose Mourinho would be loath to lose the physical midfielder given his admiration for him, coupled with the retirement of Michael Carrick, and would likely take a dim view of the club allowing Fellaini to leave the club for nothing.
Galatasaray have also been linked with the former Everton man, as have several Chinese Super League clubs, and a strong showing at this summer’s World Cup with Belgium could see that queue grow even longer.