Marouanne Fellaini has been linked with a move to Arsenal.
The 30-year old Belgian is out of contract at Old Trafford, and has been linked with a move away from the club he joined in 2013 from Everton. He has been offered a one-year extension to his current deals, but with first-team opportunities limited for him towards the end of last season, and the imminent arrival at United of Shaktar Donetsk midfielder Fred, Fellaini is exploring his options with other clubs.
Arsenal are looking for reinforcements in central midfield, and with the player available on a free, and the Gunners summer transfer budget reportedly limited to £70 million, Fellaini is seen as a cheap option, although his wage demands of over £100,000 a week may be deemed excessive, as reported by the The Evening Standard.
New Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has previously been linked with a move for Fellaini when he was in charge of PSG last season.
Whilst the news has not met with universal approbation amongst Arsenal fans, at least one ex-player approves with Lee Dixon saying that Fellaini would add “something different”, and that “even if he didn’t start, you can bring him off the bench and if you’re chasing a goal, you might have to play a different style of football”.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.