Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Marouane Fellaini Wants Old Trafford Move

Ben Blackmore@@Blackmore_BRFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2013

Marouane Fellaini could be set to force Everton’s hand amid talk of an improved offer from Manchester United for both the Belgian international and Leighton Baines.


UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 30, at 10:11 a.m. ET

From Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports: 

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Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror reports United have registered a £38 million bid for the two players, but David Anderson of the same newspaper claims Everton will hold out for £50 million. From Anderson:

Chairman Bill Kenwright continues to play hardball with former Toffees boss and new United manager David Moyes, rejecting the champions' increased joint offer of £38 million. Kenwright wants £25 million for each player.

Everton are desperate to hang on to England left-back Baines, even though he wants to join the Old Trafford giants, and know their stance will price him out of Moyes’ reach.

The Toffees are more willing to negotiate over Fellaini though and will consider a bid which, with add-ons, is close to their £25 million valuation.

Fellaini is believed to be more likely than Baines to depart before the September 2 deadline, as he is no doubt determined to play at the highest level of Champions League football prior to next summer’s World Cup.

Ian Ladyman and Dominic King of the Daily Mail claim Fellaini has told Everton boss Roberto Martinez he wants the chance to join the champions:

Marouane Fellaini has told Roberto Martinez that he wants to leave Everton. ... The 25-year-old Belgian international has not handed in an official transfer request but has indicated verbally that he would like to go.

The desire of Fellaini to switch clubs is hugely understandable, and even the most ardent of Everton fans will see the allure of making the leap to Old Trafford.

Everton are not currently involved in European football, a luxury Fellaini would be granted at United, where he would also have the instant trust of former boss David Moyes.

Fellaini also fears it could prove even more difficult to leave Everton next year, as if he has an impressive World Cup campaign, it would only elevate his price tag for potential suitors.

However, the ongoing desire of United to sign Fellaini is less obvious. Moyes began the summer searching for a technical ballplayer in Thiago Alcantara, who eventually joined Bayern Munich.

He followed that interest with a move for a similar type of midfield player in Cesc Fabregas, once again suggesting that his priority was a creative schemer in the mould of Paul Scholes.

Fellaini represents a very different option. He lacks the fluidity of Alcantara and the vision of Fabregas, but he promises greater authority and physical prowess and an aerial threat. To his credit, he also still offers plenty of goals and assists, netting 12 times while setting up seven other goals last term.

Moyes would likely sit the former Standard Liege man deeper in his midfield than other rumoured targets, such as Mesut Oezil, and there is no doubt United are light in that area.

But the suggested £25 million fee for Fellaini ranks him among the most expensive transfers in Europe this summer, so Moyes must seriously question if the midfielder is that valuable.

The market has seen the likes of Brazil international Paulinho join Tottenham for considerably less, while Alcantara cost Bayern only £21 million.

In comparison to those players—who have shone for Brazil and Barcelona, respectively—there remains a considerable question mark over whether Fellaini would make the grade at the top level, having not played in Europe for the past three years.