Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Marouane Fellaini Would Be Strong Addition

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IAugust 7, 2013

ACCRINGTON, ENGLAND - JULY 17:  Marouane Fellaini of Everton during a pre season friendly match between Accrington Stanley and Everton at The Store First Stadium on July 17, 2013 in Accrington, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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After apparently striking out on Cesc Fabregas this summer, Manchester United has reportedly set its sights on Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, according to John Cross of the Mirror.

Cross tweeted on Tuesday:

According to Cross' report, Fabregas is expected to pledge his allegiance to Barcelona on Thursday, closing the door on any suitors. That has United looking in a different direction. More precisely, straight at Fellaini.

Fellaini is a fine talent. The 25-year-old Belgian posted 11 goals and five assists in 31 starts for Everton last season, earning a rating of 7.57 from WhoScored.com, and ranked 28th among all players in the Premier League, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Serie A and La Liga.

 

Marouane Fellaini—Premier League 2010-12

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201134
2012115

Known for his defensive skills, aggressive tackling, finishing ability and tendency to come out on top in aerial duels, Fellaini is an undeniably talented player who would look nice in United's midfield.

United boss David Moyes, who just lost out on Thiago Alcantara, is hoping that Fellaini can help ease the pain. Last season was Fellaini's breakout campaign after he posted only three goals and four assists for Everton in 2011-12.

The one hold-up may be Fellaini's hefty buyout clause, which is valued at £23.5 million. It's the same buyout clause that saw Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger turn away this summer. And it's the same buyout clause Everton doesn't intend on washing over.

But, while Fellaini may be more expensive than United would like, the club does have the means to spend on the dangerous midfielder. At this point, with Moyes desperately looking to vastly improve the middle of the pitch, it may be time for United to break the bank without worrying too much about the legitimate value of Fellaini.

In times like these, holding on to your money could mean missing out on the EPL crown in what should be a highly competitive campaign.

 

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