According to Mark Ogden of The Telegraph, Manchester United has extended a £20 million bid to acquire Marouane Fellaini of Everton. This comes after the team failed to execute a £28 million attempt with £2 million in add-ons at acquiring both Fellaini and Leighton Baines from Everton.
As hefty a price tag as it may be, the Red Devils are wise to go all-in on Fellaini.
Manchester United is in a state of turnover, as it performs under a new manager and consistently combats rumors about even the biggest of names on its roster. In this position of virtual disarray, however, the expectations remain.
The Red Devils continue to live by the Premier League title-or-bust mentality, which puts first-year manager David Moyes in a tough spot. Fortunately for Man U, there is an approach that can help temper the concerns: acquiring Fellaini.
Adding Fellaini would certainly help facilitate the process of reaching expectations and creating greater chemistry between the players and managerial staff. New Manchester United leader David Moyes made that much clear, per Ogden.
"As a football manager, you can never ask for time in the job, but you're always looking for a little bit of patience," Moyes said.
"There is no doubt we are in a transitional period at the club – most people recognise that when a new manager joins – but I'm hoping that it's going to go smoothly and there won't be too many bumps along the way."
Adding Fellaini would be a major step in the right direction.
Prior to taking over for the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, Moyes was the manager for Everton from 2002 to 2013. It just so happens that one of the players to rise to star status under his watch was Fellaini, who is now Manchester United's top target.
Reuniting the two wouldn't just create a sense of familiarity, but it'd offer Manchester an injection of youth and defensive-mindedness. Hence the pursuit.
During a recent interview with Oliver Holt of the Mirror, Fellaini made it clear that he'd prefer to play as a defensive midfielder. Due to his recent success scoring the football, specifically during international play, some have come under the impression that Fellaini would actually benefit from being on the attack.
Per Holt, however, the Belgian star desires to have the pitch in front of him.
"I think I am a defensive midfielder," the 25-year-old said. "But the manager thinks I can play number 10, number eight, number six, so I play wherever he wants and I give my maximum. I prefer defensive midfielder because I know my job when I play there. More things are in front of you.
"It is difficult to play with your back to goal. It is not my position but the manager likes me there and I am happy to do it. ... Now I have more chances to score because I play in front but scoring is not my obsession. It’s the same for me whether I score or other guys score," [Fellaini said.]
"Some people say there is a beauty about defending. Beauty is nice but the most important thing is success. If you have beauty but win nothing, it is no use."
After reading that quote, why wouldn't you want the 25-year-old on your squad?
Fellaini has been with Everton since 2008, serving as a dedicated player who commits with no questions asked and offers a full effort in every match. While his hair may catch your eye and his quality of play turns heads, Fellaini clearly prefers to be a team player.
For Manchester United, that's exactly what he'd be.
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are two of the greatest strikers in the world, while Danny Welbeck has emerged as a class forward in his own right. Veterans Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick help to shape United's midfield, with the former remaining a respected defenseman.
With that being said, United needs defensive depth. More specifically, it needs a sense of speed and athleticism that will help to contain some of the Premier League's more explosive scorers.
That's exactly what Fellaini provides, and it's why the Red Devils pursued both him and Baines. While missing out on both is a tough pill to swallow, landing Fellaini would help to open up the defense and also provide a playmaker to contribute offensively when need be.
With everything he can offer, the Red Devils are making the right move to go all-in on Fellaini.