David Moyes realises he has no chance of signing Cesc Fabregas, and will turn to Marouane Fellaini instead…
Manchester United boss David Moyes has given up on signing Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas, and will instead turn to Everton battler Marouane Fellaini, reports The Mirror.
The Red Devils have lodged a £23.5m bid for Everton’s 25-year-old Belgian powerhouse midfielder, thus signalling the end of their pursuit for Premier League legend Fabregas.
Moyes managed Fellaini at his old club Everton, where unfortunately for the Toffees, the player has a buy-out-clause which can be activated this season by a Champions League club. After a summer of difficulty, Moyes will activate this clause.
United have failed to snap up their primary midfield targets this transfer window, missing out Thiago to Bayern Munich, and failing to agree a deal with La Liga champions Barcelona for Fabregas.
The Red Devils are desperate to strengthen the midfield, due to Paul Scholes’ retirement, Darren Fletcher’s injury problems and Ryan Giggs’ advancing years. Fellaini will supply the side with some genuine power and ability in the middle of the park, which has been seemingly lacking during a very poor pre-season.
Earlier on Tuesday evening, the side struggled to a 1-1 draw, meaning they have failed to win four of five pre-season matches so far.
Fellaini has been at Everton since 2008, and enjoyed his best year to date last season. The box-to-box man became renowned for his fantastic chest-control, and chipped in with 12 goals in all competitions.
The Belgian will be United’s first major signing of the summer, and the marquee transfer of the beginning of Moyes’ tenure.