Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed his interest in Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, and claims the Belgian’s famous afro hair is a key reason for his pursuit of the player.
Fellaini has been linked with a transfer away from Manchester United this summer with his long-term future at Old Trafford uncertain, given new manager Louis van Gaal’s pursuit of reinforcements in his midfield.
Napoli has mentioned as a potential destination for Fellaini this summer were his sale to be sanctioned by Manchester United, with a fee of £15 million proposed in order for a deal to be concluded.
It remains to be seen if the Italian club do choose to formalise their interest in Fellaini, but there is interest. And, as De Laurentiis has explained, it is not only because of 26-year-old’s talents on the football field.
De Laurentiis confirmation
"He's got the head of a lion," he said.
"Fellaini would fit in well here and compensate for the lack of hair on [Gokhan] Inler's head, but he's not our only target."
Manchester United have long been linked with a move for Arturo Vidal, and it may well be that the club decide to wait on this until they take a decision on Fellaini and whether or not the best course of action is to allow him to leave.
There have been reports that Manchester United are negotiating with Juventus regarding Vidal, while the agent of the Chile international claimed on Friday that he was ‘convinced’ his client will leave Turin before the transfer deadline.
With the No.7 shirt still vacant at Manchester United there is another plotline to the Vidal story, and there are naturally suggestions that this esteemed jersey is being kept warm with the 27-year-old specifically in mind.
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Italy the right destination?
For Fellaini, meanwhile, a move to Italy could be what he needs to revive his career following a difficult first season at Old Trafford, during which time he struggled with both form and injury.
The tough tackling nature and slower build-up may well suit Fellaini’s game more so than the Premier League, and could be the place for the former Everton player to really become effective in a combative midfield position.