Rumours have emerged this week that Manchester United will make a £20 million move for Marouane Fellaini in the January transfer window.
The towering Belgian midfielder has been one of the standout players of this season, prompting speculation that Sir Alex Ferguson is plotting a bid to capture the Everton stalwart.
Fellaini terrorised the United defence when the two sides met in August, putting in a man of the match performance, which suggested it wouldn’t be long until rumours about the 24-year-old’s future at Goodison Park started to circulate.
Over his five years at Everton, Fellaini has established himself in the link role between the midfield and attack, filling in upfront a number of times in the absence of any fully fit strikers.
The Belgium international has made it known that he wants to win trophies and there is no better opportunity for success than at United, where winning trophies has been so fiercely ingrained into the squad under Ferguson’s rule.
Yet, despite Fellaini’s skill and physical presence it is difficult to imagine where he would fit in at Old Trafford, particularly after United reshaped their midfield and frontl-ine over the summer.
The acquisition of Shinji Kagawa in July would suggest that Ferguson has already found the man to fill the role between midfield and attack. Even with the increased physicality that Felliani can provide over Kagawa, it would be a surprise if Ferguson spent a further £20m on the 6ft 4 midfielder.
Whilst he does possess an enormous amount of technical ability, Fellaini is better known as a battler and a bruiser than as a particularly nimble player. However, after an unconvincing start to the season, United may still want to consider someone with the physical attributes that Felliani possesses as a means of grinding out the results that they will need if they hope to recapture the title.
Even though they have not performed up to their usual high standards on the pitch so far this campaign United have managed to chalk out enough victories to move up to second in the league after five games, suggesting that an emergency battering ram may not be on Ferguson’s shopping list come January.