Napoli to end chase for Manchester United ace after injury blow

Napoli are believed to have ended their pursuit of Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini after the midfielder picked up an ankle injury the previous week, Metro reports.

The 26-year-old Belgium international is currently considered a United flop after he was dubbed as a panic buy under former manager David Moyes, and has been failing to impress despite being given a lot of opportunities.

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Fellaini was seen leaving a hospital in crutches and the Serie A side are now unwilling to gamble on his fitness given his £100,000-a-week salary.

They were close to completing a season-long loan move for the central midfielder as Louis van Gaal revealed that he was facing an Old Trafford exit.

The 63-year-old manager is instead turning to Dutch duo Nigel de Jong and Daley Blind to fill the anchorman role, but will need to be quick on negotiations with only a week left until transfer deadline day.

However, the former Everton star wants to be given another chance to impress his new manager, with the Red Devils still struggling to make a mark in the new campaign.