Manchester United don’t care for losses as reports indicate they are willing to sell Fellaini for almost 50% less.
Manchester United will listen to offers of around £15 million for Marouane Fellaini this summer. This comes just nine months after the 20 time League champions made the midfielder their fourth most expensive signing of all time.
Fellaini was signed by David Moyes and was United’s sole summer capture last season in a hefty £27.5m move The Belgian international failed to justify the hype around him and suffered a frustrating season made worse by injuries. It has been reported that new manager van Gaal would be considerably trimming the squad as he wants to compete for the title in his first season itself. United are willing to suffer an almost 50 percent loss as they look to ship the Belgian out of Old Trafford.
Van Gaal has received a £200m war chest to strengthen his side, with Southampton star Luke Shaw set to be the first signing of the new era. The Dutch manager has also given indications of making Roma’s Kevin Strootman his priority signing, although recent reports indicate that the Manchester club might have to wait till the winter to complete that signing.
Van Gaal is also targeting Bayern duo Thomas Mueller and Bastian Schweinsteiger as well as Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. Recently, the ex- Barcelona coach showered praise at Chile international Arturo Vidal, which could hint at a possible move for the Juve player. He said, “Chile have very dangerous players. I always wanted to buy Vidal when he was at Bayer Leverkusen but he went to Juventus”
It is pretty evident that the Belgian would not have a place in United’s first choice lineup next season. The player failed to live up to his Everton form and his hefty price tag at United. He became a symbol of David Moyes’s failure at the club and the so-called ‘Evertonization’ of Manchester United.
However, United also received blame for not using the player correctly. Belgium manager Marc Wilmots blasted the club and said, “I don’t understand why Manchester United bought him to play him in a system of two No. 6s. Marouane is a box-to-box player. I have no doubts about Marouane. The World Cup is a good chance for him to take.” People also stated that Fellaini became a scapegoat at the club and a lot of criticism was harsh as the player suffered from injury for a considerable time and with or without it, only started 12 league games at the club.
But the fact remains that Fellaini ended up with one goal (League cup) in his first season at the club. Van Gaal would look to remove mediocrity from the Manchester club. The manager understands the need for quality within the squad and his securing 12m- 15m for a player who clearly disappointed the Red Devils faithful, seems like a large sum after a flop season.