David Moyes has opened negotiations with Everton for Fellaini, according to The Guardian.
Manchester United’s new manager has seen several bids rejected for Cesc Fabregas, and with Thiago Alcantara heading to Bayern Munich and Luka Modric being declared off limits by Carlo Ancelotti, options are few and far between for the Scot.
Fellaini offers something United have lacked in the midfield since Roy Keane ran the show - a dominant physical presence. His ability to pluck a ball out of the air is virtually second to none in the Premier League, but with United rarely playing a long ball strategy it is hard to see when Fellaini could ever hope to be as effective as he is at Everton.
His passing range is acceptable for an Everton player but there are strong doubts about whether they are sufficient for a team of United’s calibre. The big Belgian had a terrific season last term, scoring 12 goals and registering seven assists, but that form was really down to Moyes building the team around him in an attacking role. Would that happen at United with players like Robin Van Persie, Shinji Kagawa and Wayne Rooney ahead of him?
The move would most likely see him end up back in his old position of defensive midfield but more box-to-box, with Carrick offering the defensive cover, a system very similar to the Khedira/Alonso pairing that works so well at Real Madrid. It is a very good system when it is gotten right, as Real proved with their lock tight defence and free flowing attack in Jose Mourinho’s title winning season with Los Merengues.
Fellaini could well flourish in such a situation, but the fact that it was his use as a CAM for Everton that drew the interest from the league's top clubs should surely raise a warning for any interested parties. Fellaini is a decent defensive midfielder but nothing special in that role. Can Moyes really begin his career buying average players and potentially selling one of the club’s biggest stars?
The Belgian comes with a reported £23.5million buyout clause and with Moyes, Everton contacts and Fellaini's eagerness to make the switch, the deal should get sewn up pretty quickly.
Fellaini's buyout clause ends on August 15th so the club will have to act quickly to get their man without having to pay inflated prices. However, for £23.5million a lot of United fans would probably rather see a defensive midfield specialist like Gustavo from Bayern Munich or possibly even Khedira himself, as Real Madrid have added both Casemiro and Illarrmendi to their DM ranks.
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