Napoli have pulled out of the race to sign Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, after the midfielder appeared to limp out of a training session, according to reports in Italy.
Rafael Benitez was allegedly in discussions with board members hoping to accelerate proceedings regarding the transfer of the big Belgian, but news of his injury brought them to a halt.
The exact extent of his injury remains unclear, but with only 10 days of the transfer window remaining, it is feared that the injury (believed to be ligament damage) will stop any transfer negotiations.
Napoli have been linked a move for Fellaini this as the Belgian endured a disappointing start to his Old Trafford career, often seen as a catalyst for the disastrous David Moyes era.
It was rumoured that new manager Louis van Gaal made it abundantly clear that there is no future at the club for the midfielder, who was signed for £27 million last summer.
Although confirmation on the extent of the injury has not been forthcoming from United, it seems it will rule out any transfer, thus buying the midfielder more time to prove his worth at the club.
As well as the injury throwing the deal into doubt, the fact Napoli have snapped up Jonathan De Guzman on a permanent deal from Villarreal will throw the move into further doubt.
The 26-year-old spent the past two season on loan at Swansea, and penned a four-year deal at the Naples club.
If Fellaini was desperate for a move away, it seems as if Napoli is no longer the destination.
He would have been hoping to rebuild his reputation at a club who can boast Champions League football next season, but it appears the injury he's sustained this week will scupper that hope.
On the plus side, he is part of a United midfield which is struggling to win many plaudits and crying out for new players. If he can put in the same type of performances which made David Moyes want to part with £27 million to buy him (albeit while his manager), then he still could rescue some type of reputation from his stay in Manchester.
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