Reports in the Daily Mirror claim a possible deal with Napoli for Marouane Fellaini has hit a snag, over the Belgian midfielders high wage demands.
The Italian side are reportedly looking to loan the misfit, but any deal seems unlikely unless United agree to foot half of his wages should anything be brokered. Fellaini earns a sum in the region of £100,000 a week, and United seem to be expected to pay at least £50,000 of that to make it happen.
Fellaini has really flopped since his £27 million move from Everton last summer, failing to score in 21 appearances, and unable to secure a place in the side despite the injury to Michael Carrick. This inability to impress the new manager has served to his detriment, and it now looks fairly ominous that he will be plying his trade elsewhere come the end of the transfer window.
A move would appear to suit both parties, United and van Gaal keen to move on a very dispensable asset, and Fellaini faced with life on the bench or in the stands should he stay. That being said, the fact the club are willing to loan him out should be taken as a small sign of encouragement for the 26-year-old, impress whilst in Italy and he could well find his way back into van Gaal’s reckonings and earn himself a starting spot in seasons to come.
It would be fair to say we are yet to see the best of Fellaini in a red shirt. After being such an integral part of Everton’s squad, injuries and the pressure of performing for the biggest club in the world seem to have affected him to the point of incompetence. A half decent showing for Belgium in the World Cup was therefore not enough to claw his way back.
With Ferdinand, Evra and Vidic gone, and now Fellaini looking towards the exit door, it is a real stamp of authority by van Gaal, as he looks to remove the dead wood left by the previous two managers; Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, and bring in his own players and philosophy. It is something Moyes failed to do ultimately. And the average Fellaini is something of a talisman for last season’s heinous showing.
Thankfully there seems to be a way to rid ourselves of the problem that is Marouane Fellaini and his ridiculous afro. If any deal to get shot involves paying half his wages, then it should be seriously considered; the good far outweighs the bad in doing so. It would be a welcomed deal should anything happen, if it doesn’t, we look to be lumbered with the lanky toilet brush for a while now.