Turkish giants Galatasaray have reportedly revived their pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini. Earlier last month, the Belgium international was believed to be heading for an Old Trafford exit after Galatasaray sporting director Cenk Ergun claimed that the 29-year-old is in transfer talks.
However, the move could not materialise with Jose Mourinho seemingly ruling out Fellaini’s exit insisting that he is ‘too important’ to his first-team plans, he told reporters h/t Sky Sports News: “It’s easier for Galatasaray to get me than to get Marouane. Forget it. He is too important to me.”
Fellaini has been in-and-out of the starting lineup under Mourinho, just as he has been with his former managers, but the Belgian showed his importance in the 2-1 European Super Cup loss to Real Madrid last week, where he looked threatening alongside Romelu Lukaku up front.
According to Turkish-Football, Galatasaray have made a tempting £27m offer for Fellaini as they to look to persuade United into doing business. The Belgian currently has less than a year left on his existing deal, and such an offer would be an enticing prospect for Mourinho, who could use the sum to facilitate another summer signing.
As per the report, Fellaini’s representative has agreed on a seasonal wage package of €4m along with the promise of €4.5m as signing-on bonus. The Belgian has turned out 135 times for Manchester United since arriving from Everton in the summer of 2014.