But if Moyes and the Red Devils are smart, they'll abandon their pursuit of Spanish star Cesc Fabregas and focus solely on Everton's Marouane Fellaini before the buyout clause in the 25-year-old's contract expires in the coming weeks.
According to The Mirror's Matt Law, interested clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal have just weeks to land Fellaini before his £23.5 million buyout clause expires on Aug. 14. Law adds that the club will reportedly ask for at least £30 million in exchange for the Belgian midfielder after that date.
United shouldn't need any more reason than that to ratchet up its pursuit of Fellaini.
A dynamic midfielder with tremendous size at 6'4", Fellaini would provide a mighty boost to Moyes' squad. Not to mention the new United boss already has a history with him, having aided in his development at Goodison Park.
Fellaini scored a career-best 11 goals in 31 English Premier League appearances for the Toffees last season. But when he's not impacting the scoreboard, Fellaini is still making his presence felt as an elite defensive player who can fit in at multiple spots on the pitch.
Making a hard push for Fellaini makes even more sense in the wake of rumours that Barcelona won't sell Fabregas at any price this summer. New Barca coach Gerardo Martino had the following to say regarding the possibility of the reigning La Liga champs selling the veteran, per the Mirror's David McDonnell:
I’m not going to involve myself in the club’s accounts. But considering the club has already rejected two offers, I would guess it will reject a third. In other words, Fabregas will remain here.
With United running out of options and time, Fellaini looks to be Moyes' last shot to add a real difference-maker in midfield before the transfer window closes.
Fellaini may not be Moyes' first choice, but if landing him in the coming weeks means that the club can bring aboard an emerging star while at the same time saving a significant chunk of money, the club has little to weigh.
Acquiring Fellaini soon would allow Moyes to add a familiar face in midfield while also leaving Everton ample time to find a replacement.
Given the circumstances surrounding Manchester United and its search for midfield talent, the Marouane Fellaini route looks to be the one with the most potential to pay off.
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