L’Equipe have recently linked Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini with a move to Liverpool, citing a three-year deal being put on the table to convince the Belgian to Merseyside. However, there are three key reasons why such a deal is unlikely to happen this summer.
Firstly, Manchester United and Liverpool seldom do business with each other. The last time a player transferred from one club to the other was all the way back in 1964 – Phil Chisnall. As a result, the Reds aren’t going to enquire to United about the availability of any contracted player as they know the answer.
Secondly, Liverpool will surely target a more mobile and cultured midfielder this summer. Jurgen Klopp’s men could be losing Emre Can to Juventus in the coming months which could force them into shopping for a replacement. However, Fellaini would greatly struggle in their team due to his overly combative approach and lack of quality in possession.
Liverpool aren’t short in midfield, with RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita to join Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum this summer, so would a player like Fellaini really on their radar?
Thirdly, a three-year deal for a 30-year-old who has amassed less than 700 minutes of playing time in all competitions this season seems ludicrous also. Fellaini has turned down United’s contract offer because they only want to extend his stay for another 12 months.
Liverpool won’t want the £80k-per-week outcast for the long-term either, so this deal will never get over the line.