In Focus: Man United right to cash in on Felliani but could be left short in midfield

According to reports in The Guardian, Manchester United are set to hold talks with Galatasaray over the sale of midfielder Marouane Fellaini as they close in on the signing of Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the addition of Matic to the Red Devils midfield is set to push Fellaini down the pecking order at Old Trafford and potentially out of the exit door, with The Guardian saying that Galatasaray president Dursun Ozbek, or another member of the Turkish giants’ board, will travel to Manchester for talks over a deal on Monday or Tuesday.

The report adds that a contract offer worth £3.6m has already been agreed with the Belgium international – who has just one year remaining on his contract – which will make him Galatasaray’s best-paid player.

Despite the rumours over his future, Fellaini was named in the starting line-up for United’s pre-season friendly against Valerenga on Sunday evening.

How did Fellaini do last season?

The 29-year-old has been something of a controversial figure for United supporters ever since his move to the club from Everton in 2013, but he was something of a regular in the side last season.

The Belgian made 47 appearances in all competitions for Mourinho’s men, including a start in the Europa League final success against Ajax, scoring four goals and providing a further two assists.

His 6’4″ frame has also proved to be particularly effective from set-pieces at both ends of the pitch.

Are United right to sell him?

It’s a difficult one.

The midfielder has often flattered to deceive and made some silly decisions – such as when he gave away a last-gasp penalty against Everton at Goodison Park and was sent off against Manchester City last term – however they may still need to bring in another midfielder to replace him.

The addition of Matic will mean that they have the Serbian, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick in central midfield, with Paul Pogba likely to be given a more attacking role.

Considering they will be fighting for the Premier League title as well as looking to make an impact in the Champions League, you would think that they might not have enough depth and as a result, they should have kept Fellaini for another year.

On the other hand, they can get a fee for the 29-year-old rather than losing him on a free next year.