The Manchester United midfielder’s current deal runs out this month; the current odds suggest we have approximately a 44% chance of signing the Belgian international, though The Sun now report that Unai Emery will not be pursuing a move.
Fellaini and United have reached an impasse over new terms, with the former Everton man unhappy about how the club treated him last season.
The other perspective though is that he is lucky to still be at United, given that he was signed impulsively on deadline day five years ago and has since done little to suggest he is of Champions League pedigree.
If we sign Fellaini we can no longer call ourselves a club. We’ll have to go by retirement home
— L`r (@laurenralphondb) June 5, 2018
Fellaini was also linked to AC Milan but a move to the San Siro fell through due to his £120k-a-week demands, which seem ambitious at best.
Jose Mourinho wanted to keep the player, who can sometimes provide a reasonable aerial target when his side are chasing a goal late on; as we saw when The Red Devils, unfortunately, beat us 2-1 in May.
And yet, it is difficult to imagine any truly elite team seeing Fellaini as part of their plans and therefore one would have to question our ambition were we to sign him.
Even the United hierarchy are not too sold on the idea of extending the 30-year-old’s stay and, perhaps against Mourinho’s wishes, will not offer a contract longer than 12 months.
It appears that only the top clubs could meet the wage demands of Fellaini, who has made 156 appearances for United scoring on 20 occasions. However, he might improve his on-field prospects by moving to a side outside European competitions, who would be willing to employ the direct tactics required to utilize his aerial prowess.
Fellaini has his qualities, but any advances from Arsenal would be ill-advised; thankfully, the recent indications are that the club is looking elsewhere.