Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been dealt a major blow in his hopes of keeping midfielder Marouane Fellaini this summer, with Gazzetta Dello Sport reporting that the Belgian international still keen on a move to AC Milan, despite the Rossoneri’s impending Europa League ban for breaking FFP rules.
Milan are keen to sign both Fellaini and former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay this summer but were dealt a blow after being found guilty of breaking Financial Fairplay rules with last summer’s transfer activity. UEFA investigators said Milan failed to meet break-even requirements which allowed £35m losses over three years.
It’s bad news for Mourinho as he’d hoped to keep Fellaini for at least another season. He’d found a way to utilise the 30-year-old as an impact player when his side were chasing a goal. Fellaini fell down the pecking order in the last 12 months, but he still made 23 appearances in all competitions.
The Belgian joined United from Everton in 2013 and has gone on to make 156 appearances across the board. His contract at Old Trafford is up this summer and he’s so far rebuffed the club’s efforts to extend it. As a result, Fellaini looks on his way out of Manchester in the coming weeks and Milan may be his new home.