As Manchester United continue to be linked with countless transfer targets, news is emerging of the potential departure of one of their big men.
The 2015/16 Premier League season so far has certainly been memorable. Chelsea courted relegation before Christmas, Arsenal suffered from their now trademark end-of-season slump, Manchester United have given us an off-field managerial soap opera and all the while, Leicester City and Tottenham have been battling it out at the top of the table.
And now, with just three matches to go, it looks increasingly likely that Leicester City will record a historic first league title win.
With so much to keep our attentions on the field, off the field the transfer market has been steadily heating up. There are daily reports and rumours of stars from across Europe coming to the Premier League next season and it seems that it has been one-way traffic, up until now.
Reports, via the Manchester Evening News, suggest that Marouane Fellaini may be on his way out of Old Trafford in the summer, with Serie A side Roma his likely destination.
Spotted on Monday at the Stadio Olimpico for Roma’s clash with Napoli, speculation about his future has begun in earnest. With Fellaini’s agent revealing that the midfielder would consider a move to the Italian capital and it emerging that he jetted out to Italy directly after United’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton at the weekend, you might well wonder if there is a deal in the making.
Following a report in Italian newspaper Gazzetto dello Sport that claimed Roma could make a £15 million move for the United midfielder, his agent, Luciano D’Onofrio, has spoken out, saying:
“He was probably there on holiday. For the moment I have no other news. So far I’ve had no contact with Roma for him.
“Would that move be acceptable? Yes, Roma is a possibility to consider.”
In truth United fans would likely not be too aggrieved at the prospect of losing Fellaini, as since his £27 million move from Everton in 2013, he has not made the impact that everyone was hoping he would.
While he has turned up to score some vital goals in the three seasons he has spent at Old Trafford, his inconsistency and oft-questioned commitment have seen him fail to become a fan favourite.
With speculation of a possible Renato Sanchez deal with Benfica and Wayne Rooney now enjoying his new role in midfield, you might well feel Fellaini is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and it is time to cash in and recoup at least some of the huge transfer fee David Moyes forked out when he took over at United.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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