Manchester United’s pursuit of Cesc Fabregas looks likely to end in disappointment, after the midfielder’s agent suggested he wanted to stay at Barcelona. This follows their failure to sign Thiago Alcantara, who eventually joined his former mentor Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
Their next reported target is Everton’s Marouane Fellaini, but the question has to be asked, why have they not already moved for the Belgian midfielder, given his existing relationship with David Moyes?
Fellaini was one of the stars of first half of last season in the Premier League, and even if he faded a little towards the back end of the year, as a tenacious defensive presence and a genuine goal threat the 25-year-old would still be a fine addition for Manchester United’s midfield.
Fabregas is one of the best midfielders in Europe, and Alcantara has the potential to become the same, but Fellaini is someone Manchester United could certainly use, and also an attainable target they can have moved for even whilst continuing their efforts to sign one of the Barcelona players.
Moyes might feel that he does not want his first major signing at Old Trafford to be a former player, or perhaps Manchester United consider that they will be able to move for Fellaini at a later time even if his release clause has expired.
However Everton have shown before they will not sell their players cheaply, and there is a fair chance they will block any effort to sign Fellaini when his £23.5million release clause expires at the end of July.
David Moyes needed a big first transfer window at Manchester United, not just to show he could replace Sir Alex Ferguson but also because of the problems in the side that the great manager left him. A new midfielder is a must, and Fellaini fits nearly all of United’s requirements, making it surprising they have not already moved for the Belgian.
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