English Premiership

Fellaini edges closer to Man United exit, set for move to China

2019-01-31 14:24
Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini (Supplied)

Cape Town - Midfield enforcer Marouane Fellaini is reportedly edging closer to moving to China after Manchester United reached an agreement with Shandong Luneng.

The 31-year-old's exit has looked increasingly likely as discussions with the Chinese Super League built in recent days.

Fellaini now appears set to end his five-and-a-half year stay at Old Trafford, with Press Association Sport suggesting that United have reached an agreement in principle regarding his sale to Shandong.

It is understood that the Belgium international has already passed a medical, leaving paperwork and final terms to iron out. Fellaini posted an Instagram photo of himself at an airport on Thursday morning, with the phrase 'let's go' written across it.

Chinese Super League clubs have until February 28 to complete signings and it is understood another club has been monitoring the midfielder's situation.

Fellaini was a key player under Jose Mourinho and signed a new deal until 2020, with the option of another year, in the summer.

The midfielder has only managed 31 minutes since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took caretaker charge last month, although a calf injury has ruled him out of recent matches.

Solskjaer said at the start of the week that he did not expect any United exits before Thursday's English transfer deadline and was coy about the Belgium international's future following Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Burnley.

Asked if there was anything he could say on Fellaini, the caretaker manager said: "To be honest, no.

"I've been busy all day and I don't really know the latest update on that one. Just wait and see."

Fellaini's exit looms just a matter of weeks after Solskjaer bemoaned the absence of the injured midfielder and his 'X factor'.


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