. Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been linked with a move to the Serie A giants in recent days, but AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has come out and categorically denied making any move for the Belgian
Marouane Fellaini’s Old Trafford future is up in the air, with the Belgian struggling to get game time this season under Louis van Gaal after the signings of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, and with the Red Devils reportedly setting a ai??i??20m price tag on the former Everton star.
Serie A giants AC Milan were linked with a move for the 28-year-old, but club CEO Adriano Galliani has since come out to deny the rumours, stating categorically that despite being a player he liked, there would be no attempts on the club’s part to bring him to Italy.
Galliani is quoted as saying to Italian media outlet Mediaset (via ESPN FC): “Fellaini is a player I like, I have always liked him, but there is no way he is joining Milan. I can only deny that Fellaini is close to Milan. We already have seven players in midfield. If nobody leaves in that area, we will not sign anyone.”
Galliani went on to add that AC Milan would not be making any transfers at all, with the team ‘well-stocked’ in every department. “We are well stocked in all areas,” added Galliani. “It is very unlikely we will make any signings unless someone leaves.”
Fellaini strengths unique, not necessarily suited to ‘attractive football’
Marouane Fellaini is a fairly limited player, without extraordinary passing ability or technical ability on the ball, but is an extremely effective player if the team is built around him. AC Milan, however, already have several good central midfield options, and a move for Fellaini makes little sense at this point in time.
The Belgian’s best role is arguably as the No 10, playing in the hole behind the striker, and feeding the striker from the aerial service he receives from his team-mates. For the Belgian national team, for whom he scores a lot of goals, the Manchester United man has played in a midfield three, but is effectively a second-striker in attacking scenarios, with Marc Wilmots often instructing his side to play it out wide and cross it in for the likes of Fellaini and Christian Benteke.