Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain to battle for Marouane Fellaini


Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain to battle for Marouane Fellaini

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Marouane Fellaini's time at Manchester United seems to be running out as the bushy-haired midfielder is yet to sign a new contract. Some reports claim the Belgian is unhappy with length of stay the Red Devils are willing to offer and is considering switching clubs.

Arsenal, who are anticipating the departure of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, have been reported to want to sign Fellaini on a free transfer at the end of the season. 

BBC pundit Danny Mills suggests that The Gunners should take advantage of Fellaini’s current situation and bring him to the Emirates.

Speaking to BBC radio, Mills compared the former Everton ace to John Obi Mikel and mused that Arsenal are currently lacking such a figure at the Emirates.

This is not to say that signing him will be an easy task. Inter Milan and Besiktas are also interested in signing Fellaini, and there a reports that suggest the Gunners also face competition from oil-rich Paris Saint-Germain.

Latest reports claim that Les Parisiens will offer the Belgian a four-year deal. Le10sport wrote that Fellaini secretly had a meeting with a PSG representative to talk about a January deal. 

PSG want Fellaini to strengthen their midfield as they only rely on Thiago Motta. To comply with the UEFA’s Financial Fair Play procedure, the Ligue 1 giants have to offload some of their players following the record-breaking transfer of Neymar from Barcelona last summer.

Fellaini joined Manchester United in 2013, reuniting with his former Everton boss David Moyes. Fellaini initially struggled at Old Trafford, but has become a key member of Jose Mourinho's plans  to bring United back to the top.

The ex- Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino said that Fellaini is not a player with a magical ability. However, the Etterbeek-born player proves to be a capable player who poses a threat when things are not working as expected. That’s why the former Ireland international suggests that Mourinho should keep Fellaini at the Old Trafford.

The Belgian's current contract with United runs out in 2018.

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 38 79 100
2 Manchester United FC 38 40 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 38 77
4 Liverpool FC 38 46 75
5 Chelsea FC 38 24 70
6 Arsenal FC 38 23 63
7 Burnley FC 38 -3 54
8 Everton FC 38 -14 49
9 Leicester City FC 38 -4 47
10 Newcastle United FC 38 -8 44
11 Crystal Palace FC 38 -10 44
12 AFC Bournemouth 38 -16 44
13 West Ham United FC 38 -20 42
14 Watford FC 38 -20 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -20 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 -30 37
17 Southampton FC 38 -19 36
18 Swansea City FC 38 -28 33
19 Stoke City FC 38 -33 33
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 38 -25 31