Belgium international Marouane Fellaini is reportedly prepared for a last round of contractual negotiations with Manchester United. The 30-year-old current’s deal is due to expire at the end of the current campaign but manager Jose Mourinho is seemingly desperate to prolong the midfielder’s stay.
According to The Times, United have currently placed a one-year deal on the table for Fellaini with the option of a 12-month extension under their requirement. However, the midfielder is not so keen on the offer, and he is prepared to re-negotiate a fresh two-year deal worth £100,000-a-week.
Fellaini has been linked with the likes of Besiktas and Paris Saint-Germain over the past few weeks but the Belgian still has the ambition to stay put as visualised during the recent Premier League game against Arsenal.
The midfielder was brought onto the pitch to provide an aerial threat against a young Gunners central defence and he managed to repay the manager’s faith by scoring late – after which he grabbed the club’s crest whilst celebrating.
Mourinho has since suggested that the club are close to wrapping up an agreement and this should, in turn, witness the hierarchy breaking away from their contractual policy for experienced players.
As per the club’s rule, no player aged above 30 is rewarded with more than a year’s extension but they now face the expulsion of giving up on this policy or else Fellaini could be walking away on a free transfer.
Most of the club’s faithful would not be worried about the midfielder’s situation but the Belgian remains a valuable plan B for Mourinho when things are not going for his United side.
Fellaini offers an imminent threat in the box with his strong heading ability and his presence has encouraged United’s use of the long-ball approach which proved worthwhile against Arsene Wenger’s side on Sunday.