Galatasary linked with move for Marouane Fellaini

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 10: Marouane Fellaini
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 10: Marouane Fellaini /

With the arrival of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United looking likely, another Manchester United could be on the way out.

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini looks to be on the move with the Guardian reporting a transfer could be imminent this week with a move to Turkish club, Galatasary. The Belgium midfielder has been a controversial figure at Old Trafford since his £30 million move to Manchester United from Everton back in 2013 under David Moyes, with a series of frustrating and inconsistent performances.

Fellaini caused havoc at Everton playing behind the striker in an attacking midfielder role but his desire to be played as a defensive midfielder exposed his weaknesses far too much to be able to play the role required.

He is too slow, reckless and lacks the necessary intelligence to be able to play as a defensive midfielder and his best time as a player at United was during the 2014/15 season where then manager Louis Van Gaal pushed him back up higher up the pitch to wreak havoc on opposition defences who simply could not handle his ability to hold up the ball and his superior strength but even then, this amazing turnaround in form was short-lived as he is too static and predictable in his movement and play to be able to play that well, with teams figuring out how to counter him – most noticeably Jose Mourinho at Chelsea who got Kurt Zouma to man-mark him which took him out of the game.

If Fellaini is to leave United, it would appear that United must be confident in being able to bring Nemanja Matic to the club from Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho being linked with a move to the player all summer. It was reported a month ago that the player was close to joining United, but it appeared that after had swooped Romelu Lukaku from under Chelsea’s noses that they wouldn’t be able to get the deal done for him.

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Matic is an obvious upgrade on Fellaini, who is capable of actually being able to play the defensive midfielder role which should allow Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera more freedom to go higher up the pitch.

While Fellaini might not be quite good enough to play for a team that will be expecting to finish within the top four spots or even challenge for the title, he is still surely good enough to play in the Premiership so it is surprising if he does move to Turkey.

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It is surprising that no other Premier league club is targeting the Belgian but he does need to leave United as he will not be getting much game time if he does stay especially if Matic does arrive along with it looking likely that Andreas Pereira will be promoted to the first team as well this season.