Manchester United Transfer News: Marouane Fellaini Is More Vital Than Mesut Ozil
There is just a week left of the transfer window and Manchester United are still yet to add a senior player to their squad, despite title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City splashing the cash on new talent this summer.
Guillermo Varela, a 20-year-old Uruguayan full-back, remains David Moyes' only summer acquisition and, as deadline day approaches, the Old Trafford faithful are getting increasingly restless.
Big-money deals for Marouane Fellaini and Mesut Ozil have been mentioned this week, but with time constraints and financial demands making moves for both players seem unlikely, which player would be a better fit for Moyes' Manchester revolution?
A joint £28 million bid for Everton duo Fellaini and Leighton Baines was turned down by the Merseyside club last week but Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror reports an improved offer for the midfielder is imminent.
In his report Nixon states that: "Moyes's joint offers for the pair have fallen short so far, but the stand-alone bid for Fellaini - around £20m, plus extras - looks like suiting all parties."
Everton will put up a fight for Fellaini, having spent a total of £17.5 million on him since agreeing a deal with Standard Liege back in 2008.
But the Belgian isn't the only midfielder linked with a move to Old Trafford, with United also credited with an interest in Real Madrid's attack-minded Ozil too.
A report by Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail claims Moyes is "keen to bring to bring in a talent like Ozil, who can unlock defences."
The German international's future has been thrown into doubt after Madrid signed Isco from Malaga earlier this summer.
And with manager Carlo Ancelotti now looking to tie up a world record deal for Tottenham's Gareth Bale, Ozil could be surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.
The 24-year-old stormed down the tunnel after being substituted in Real's 1-0 win away at Granada on Monday night, fuelling speculation that he could be on his way out of the Spanish capital.
Although Fellaini was utilised by Moyes behind a striker for Everton last season, the big-haired star is far more comfortable sitting deep in midfield where he can break up opposition attacks, control possession and get from box-to-box throughout each game.
His short-lived role as an attacking midfielder came because of injuries to key players and, while he proved himself to be effective in that position, it is highly unlikely Moyes would choose to play him there again.
Ozil, on the other hand, loves to play the No. 10 role. He is a master of threading balls through the opposition's defence, skilfully beating players and popping up with important goals. And he can play on the wing, too.
But, with Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley all comfortable behind Robin van Persie, and Danny Welbeck, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Wilfried Zaha and Nani pushing for places out wide, do United really need the former Werder Bremen attacker?
Although he'd add extra quality to Moyes' squad, Ozil would be a luxury rather than a necessity this summer.
Who should Manchester United sign this summer?
The club have strength-in-depth in the positions he plays but the heart of central midfield, an area which Fellaini relishes, remains United's biggest concern ahead of the September 2 deadline.
Former boss Sir Alex Ferguson struggled to find a consistent partner for Michael Carrick last season, with Darren Fletcher and Anderson both troubled with form and fitness concerns.
Paul Scholes finally hung up his boots at the end of the last campaign and, with Ryan Giggs now a coach as well as a player, United are crying out for a midfield general to help them dominate games physically in the long, hard season ahead.
Having worked under Moyes previously and with five years of top-flight experience under his belt, Fellaini, not Ozil, fits the bill as United's marquee midfield signing this summer.
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