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Manchester United’s versatile Marouane Fellaini has emerged as a potential transfer target of Turkish heavyweights Galatasaray, who are chasing down the central midfielder this summer, reports Mynet.
The 28-year-old Belgium international has largely cast a divisive figure at Old Trafford since joining Manchester United from Everton back in 2013, often made a scapegoat for the recent failings.
With Jose Mourinho already signing midfield duo Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba, the 6 ft 4 midfielders could find playing time limited for the upcoming season.
Fellaini has been heavily linked with a move to Sunderland, as the Black Cats new manager David Moyes is keen for the reunion with Belgian star. Moyes signed him for both Man United and Everton.
However, the recent report claims that the Turkish giants are keen on his services and the deal could be completed within this week.
After Galatasaray missed the signing of Liverpool midfield star Lucas Leiva, they have reportedly turned their attentions towards the Manchester United midfielder.
It is also believed they are desperate to end Fellaini’s nightmare at the Old Trafford, offering him a lucrative pay packet and the promise of regular first-team football.
During 2015/16, Fellaini made an average of 2.11 tackles per 90 league minutes played. In the small sample size at the start of this season, that figure has increased to 4.0, while he has committed almost three times fewer the number of fouls per 90 minutes. More obvious still is his composure on the ball in tight areas.
It clearly indicates how far the Belgian has improved this season, even Mourinho a few days back said he is quite impressed. Then why such a shock U-turn? There may be a possibility that the Portuguese manager has been informed by the club that in order to complete his final summer signing, he has to splash in some big money.