Arsenal and Manchester United can land transfer target Bernard Malanda – dubbed the ‘new Marouane Fellaini’ – on a free transfer this summer.
According to the Daily Mail, Malanda has used Belgian employment law to cancel his contract with Zulte Waregem in the hope that he can secure a move to the Premier League or Bundesliga.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United have previously been credited with an interest in the 18-year-old Belgium U21 international, and were reported to have submitted bids for him last month.
Arsene Wenger and David Moyes no longer need worry about setting aside any of their transfer fee budget, however, as Malanda confirmed he had broken his contract.
The report in the Mail claims that he used a law in Belgium known as Law 78 that allows players to break their contracts and a minimal compensation fee is decided if they join new clubs.
Malanda is a powerful defensive midfielder – an area both Arsenal and Manchester United have shortages in – and has been likened to Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Again, both Arsene Wenger and David Moyes are reportedly interested in Fellaini, but a move for Malanda could see them not need to.