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Marouane Fellaini has held talks with a European club ahead of Man Utd contract expiring

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He's been plying his trade in England for nearly 10 years, but Marouane Fellaini's next career move could potentially take him overseas.

The Belgian midfielder signed for Everton in September 2008 from Standard Liege for £15 million, and impressed Toffees supporters and neutrals alike with his combative performances in the middle of the park, and eventually moved further forward in the 'number 10' role which brought more goals into his game.

He earned a big move to Manchester United in 2013, where he followed his Everton manager David Moyes to Old Trafford for £27.5 million, and after a tough first season, he eventually started notching in the 2014/15 season, scoring six times in the Premier League.

Despite Jose Mourinho praising Fellaini earlier in the season for his 'strong character', he has never been a regular starter in the league under him and it's no surprise to read that he is speaking to other clubs before his contract officially expires at the Red Devils.

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He has been offered a new deal at the club but with his lack of game-time recently, you'd have to assume that United would expect him to take a wage cut, and they may not be offering a longer deal than other clubs that are in talks with his representatives.

Fellaini could arguably be a key player for most sides outside the top six of the Premier League, but it all comes down to his wage demands, and with him reportedly earning £80,000 a week at United, he may very well have to take a lower salary at whatever club he decides to sign for.

One European club though has been keener than most to try and capture the 30-year old.

According to French sports outlet L'Equipe, Europa League runners-up Marseille are extremely interested in offering Fellaini an escape route out of the north west of England, with the publication reporting that sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has been in contact with Fellaini's agent.

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The same report states there is a major sticking point trying to negotiate a deal though - and it all boils down to wage demands.

AC Milan looked a more likelier option to offer Fellaini the money he and his representatives most likely want, but with the news coming out this week that the Rossoneri have breached Financial Fair Play rulings, they may not be making any signings for a while.

The Olympiens have also been linked with Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, who has confirmed he is leaving the English champions this summer, but again wage demands could scupper that potential move, although the Ivorian is surely not in a position to demand the kind of money he was on at the Citizens now he's at the age of 35.

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With Fellaini having a big decision to make regarding his future in the coming weeks, whether that is before or after the World Cup, let us know in the comments where you would prefer him to ply his trade in the 2018/19 season!

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Europa League
Football
Marseille
Jose Mourinho
David Moyes
Premier League
Marouane Fellaini
Manchester United
Everton

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