Juventus are weighing up a bid worth £22.5m for Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini if their bid to sign Paris Saint Germian’s Blaise Matuidi falls through, according to reports.
The Italian side have been in talks with the Frenchman for some time, expressing interest in AS Monaco’s Fabinho as well, but have proven unsuccessful in their efforts to add another midfielder to their ranks. They made an unsuccessful approach for Matteo Darmian, who has since committed his future to Old Trafford, as a replacement for Dani Alves.
And according to the Sun, the Serie A champions will make a last ditch bid for the Belgian if their efforts to sign Matuidi – apparently unsetttled under PSG boss Unai Emery – prove to be fruitless.
Fellaini was subject to keen interest from Galatasaray earlier this month, with the Turkish side reportedly set to send a delegation to Manchester to discuss an agreeable fee with the club. But Mourinho, who had just seen the midfielder score against Valerenga in a 3-0 pre-season win, made it clear that the Belgian was going absolutely nowhere this summer.
“It’s easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane,” he said. “If they need a manager, they have a chance, but Marouane? Forget it. He is too important to me.”
Fellaini has since shown his worth under the Portuguese with an impactful appearance from the bench during United’s 2-1 UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid, hassling the European champions with his awkward yet effective physical approach.
Mourinho clearly admires his warrior-like spirit and used him well towards the latter stages of last season, with the Europa League final serving as the best example, and supporters will hope to see the 29-year-old produce game-changing moments of a similar nature as the season goes by.