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Marouane Fellaini wanted by Galatasaray and Fenerbahce

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Galatasaray and Fenerbahce both believe they have a chance of signing Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini before the summer transfer window closes, reports talkSPORT.

The midfielder was the unlikely beneficiary of Louis van Gaal's appointment last season, moving from the periphery of the squad, and an uncertain future at Old Trafford, to become a central figure.

Fellaini played in midfield, behind the striker and even up front as Van Gaal looked to use the Belgian's physical presence to power Manchester United into the top four.

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The plan worked, but it was always assumed that Fellaini's presence as a tour de force would be a temporary measure. Indeed, Van Gaal has since signed two similar players in Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Having been sent off in Manchester United's final game against Hull City last season, the 27-year-old won't be eligible to play until August 30, by which time either of Turkey's biggest clubs could have swooped.

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Following footsteps

Both Galatasaray and Fenerbahce hope to convince Fellaini to make the same move his former team-mates Luis Nani and Robin van Persie have already made this summer. Both joined the latter of the two while the former also signed Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski.

They may be aided in their approach by Van Gaal, who may tell Fellaini that he does not expect to use him as much as he did last season. The Dutchman is not expected to have a prominent place for him in his revamped 4-3-3 formation.

Manchester United would have to accept a big loss on the £27.5million they originally paid Everton to sign him in 2013. The fee was originally paid by David Moyes, but but two seasons as a bit-part player has seen his value drop significantly.

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