Manchester United look set to part ways with Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who has agreed a deal in principle to join Turkish club Galatasaray. The Red Devils triggered the one-year option on his £80,000-a-week contract only in January but it appears that he is on the cusp of being sold to the Istanbul giants.
Fellaini has failed to establish himself as a Premier League regular at Old Trafford after having managed just 89 outings in his last four seasons – one-third of them being from the substitutes’ bench.
Manager Jose Mourinho has repeatedly iterated the need to recruit a new central midfielder to his ranks, and Fellaini is set to be shown the exit door with Gala sporting director Cenk Ergun confirming that the club are in talks over a proposed deal.
“Fellaini will leave Manchester United and he is now in our radar. There will be surprises (in the transfer window), we are in talks with Fellaini. We need a player like Fellaini who can move around in midfield,” he told Ajansspor.
The 29-year-old is said to have finalised personal terms with the Turkish club, but they still have to negotiate a transfer sum with the Europa League holders. Meanwhile, a separate report from Joe.co.uk claims that Fellaini has already inked a ‘five-year deal’ with Galatasaray and an official announcement could be made at the earliest opportunity.