Manchester United Transfer News: Marouane Fellaini Exit, Sadio Mane, Top Rumours

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2016

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on December 05, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Marouane Fellaini could reportedly be set for a move away from Manchester United with AC Milan keen to sign him as they look to bolster their midfield.  

The Belgian moved from Everton to Old Trafford in 2013 for £27.5 million, but he has failed to make a truly significant impact.

As a result, the Red Devils could well be willing to offload the midfielder and are reportedly prepared to accept £14.8 million for him, which Milan are willing to pay, per Corriere della Sera (h/t, via Metro's George Bellshaw).

The report adds Milan CEO Adriano Galliani is a "big fan" of Fellaini and could well be successful in taking him to Serie A.

Fellaini, 28, has played 10 times in the Premier League this season, making five of those appearances from the bench, per

He has turned out predominantly as a central midfielder, but he has also been fielded by manager Louis van Gaal in the No. 10 role and as a central striker. 

Fellaini's role is largely undefined at Old Trafford, and he is often used as a utility player or as a last resort when the Red Devils are looking for a goal.

His physicality and strength make him quite a handful to defend against, but it is unlikely he would be hugely missed by the Old Trafford faithful should he depart for Milan.

If the San Siro outfit are indeed prepared to pay almost £15 million for him, United would do well to take the money and reinvest it in a higher quality player. 

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Sadio Mane of Southampton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 19, 2015 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
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Elsewhere, long-term United target Sadio Mane is reportedly set to stay on at Southampton until at least the end of the season.

Per the Daily Mirror's Neil McLeman, the Senegalese forward has been heavily linked with United, but he won't be allowed to move in January, with Saints manager Ronald Koeman recently insisting he is not for sale.

However, the MailOnline's Sami Mokbel reported the 23-year-old may well go at the end of the season—and maybe even before then if an unlikely offer of £40 million comes in. 

His future at Southampton was thrown into more doubt at the weekend when he was omitted from the starting XI to face Norwich City by Koeman after missing a pre-match meeting, per PA Dugout:

If the relationship between Mane and Koeman deteriorates further, then United may yet be able to snap up the forward.

He would certainly add some quality and depth to the United squad, but the Daily Telegraph's Matt Law has questioned whether he is good enough to make a telling impact at Old Trafford, while also deriding United's transfer policy, per Sky Sport's Sunday Supplement (via Patrick Surlis):

We get to January and they [United] suddenly need a striker. But how many goals has Mane scored this season? Three [in the league]. You wouldn't look at him and say traditionally he's a United player based on that record. The policy has just become a bit of a disaster. It's panic, panic, panic. 

Every transfer window we come to, there doesn't seem to be any proper plan. It's 'oh, we'll try and sign Neymar, we'll try and sign Gareth Bale' and actually they end up with [Morgan] Schneiderlin and [Bastian] Schweinsteiger. It's just a disaster, and you can see it coming with this transfer window again.

Law is not the first person to question United's transfer dealings in the post-Alex Ferguson era, with Bleacher Report's Dean Jones recently naming summer-signing Bastian Schweinsteiger as one of the most disappointing players of 2015 in the Premier League:

Van Gaal has spent a huge amount of money, and yet, the Red Devils are still struggling to compete for the title.

Any January transfer moves must be made with caution or else United and Van Gaal risk becoming a laughing stock.