Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini to Join Napoli On Loan Pending Player Approval

Manchester United and Napoli have agreed to a move that will send Marouane Fellaini to Italy on a season-long loan. The transfer will be finalized as soon as the Belgium international gives his approval to the switch.

The Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Napoli has agreed to pay United a fee of £4million in order to secure the services of the 26-year-old midfielder.

What held the deal up for weeks is the fact that United wanted the Italian club to take the player on a permanent basis.

Fellaini joined the twenty-time champions of England from Everton for a reported fee of £27.5million during the final hours of the transfer window last September. United had been hoping to get Napoli to agree a fee in the region of £15 million for the midfielder in order to recuperate some of the money they lost on the deal. But the Serie A club would not budge on its stance of signing the player on loan; at least initially.

Napoli manager Rafa Benitez believes that Fellaini’s skills and physicality will be an asset in the Italian league and club officials have spoken to the Belgium international over the course of the past few weeks.

Fellaini will inform Napoli of his decision following their first leg Champions League playoff tie with Athletic Bilbao later this evening. The Italian club is allowed to register one more player for their Champions League campaign, and it is expected that Fellaini will join the Serie A squad.

The Belgian midfielder battled injuries and poor form during his first year at Old Trafford; Fellaini didn’t score for the club while only making sixteen appearances in all competitions.

Since returning from his World Cup duties with Belgium, the midfielder has come off the bench as a substitute during United’s last two early season matches; a friendly vs. Valencia and this weekend’s league encounter with Swansea City.

Although Fellaini was able to slot home the winning goal against the La Liga side, he was steadily jeered by a section of the club’s fans each time he touched the ball.

United manager Louis van Gaal stuck to his word and has given returning players a chance to prove they could play in his system. But it appears Fellaini’s time in North West England is coming to an end.

7 thoughts on “Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini to Join Napoli On Loan Pending Player Approval”

  1. I’m no Fellaini fan, but I do kinda wonder why they’d ship him out. I mean, he is at least made of a midfielder-like substance and United have a real lack of midfielders. Even if United were to sign someone like Vidal (and that seems to have gotten quiet recently), that still leaves them with Herrera (never played in EPL before), Fletcher (injuries), Carrick (injuries and old) and Cleverly (injuries, inconsistent, etc.) in central midfield. Mata and Kagawa aren’t central midfielders. Neither is Rooney. I could easily see a scenario where Herrera starts nicely, but kinda tires (as many new-to-EPL players do) and Fletcher and Carrick are both hurt. Then you have a midfield of Cleverly and Kagawa?

    No thank you. I’d actually rather have Fellaini as my midfield depth.


    1. Given the supporters reaction to Fellaini and that he hasn’t yet produced the form he showed at Everton it makes sense to ship him out. Having a very unpopular player in the squad can be problematic. If United are moving Feallaini then it must mean that they have a replacement lined up. Otherwise you’re right that he should be kept.

      1. He could be a jacka$$ too. I mean….all that spitting and elbowing. Maybe he’s a pain to have around. If that’s the case, I think he should be gone. Playing with jerks is no fun.

    2. Because he’s not really good at football and the only part of his game that’s good is heading and chesting down long balls.
      He’s a long ball merchant and most likely there’s someone coming in.
      Not to mention he has a sizeable wage on the books.

  2. A bad deal, thanks to the ‘chosen one’. Backed by another one, giving Nani a five year contract extension. The Moyes malaise continues.

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