Boxing Day Transfer Round-up: Man Utd Midfielder Linked With San Siro Move; Chelsea Pursue Roma Defender

Marouane Fellaini has fallen out of favor with Jose Mourinho in recent games, and looks likely to be on his way to Serie A as AC Milan and Inter Milan still retain an interest in his services.

AC Milan, who were linked with Fellaini last year, and neighbors Inter are among the Italian clubs who could afford his demands of £120,000 a week after the big Belgian accepted that he has no future at Old Trafford.

Fellaini has often struggled to impress on a consistent basis since his arrival from Everton back in 2013, but has surprisingly been kept around at Old Trafford up until now. The midfielder has scored 7 times for Manchester United since they signed him from Merseyside.

Fellaini was also booed by some United fans at Old Trafford when he warmed up on the touchline against Tottenham, a week after giving away a late penalty that allowed his old club Everton to draw 1-1 at Goodison Park.  And some supporters have always seen him as a symbol of the ill-fated David Moyes regime since he arrived as the new manager’s only signing on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2013 for what many felt was an inflated figure of £27.5million.

29-year-old Fellaini is understood to have already discussed switching to Serie A with his United team-mates ahead of a possible January switch. Fellaini has only 18 months left on his Manchester United contract but is still of value in the market and with the Red Devils unwilling to offer him a new contract a move to Italy may come soon.

Antonio Rudiger

Meanwhile, Chelsea look to battle it out with Roma as they wish to land centre-back Antonio Rudiger. The German defender has been outstanding for the Italians this season and his stand out performances have alerted Europe’s big boys.

Antonio Conte’s side has conceded only two goals in their last 11 Premier League games as they have been on a total win streak and superb form. However, that does not stop the Blues’ manager to not look into the transfer market for defenders.

Reports suggest Roma need to sell few of their players in recent light of their financial problems and the 23-year-old star could be one they might have to offload. Rudiger’s impressive performances have helped the Italian capital side to 2nd in the league, four points behind leaders Juventus.


Written by Arnold Riley

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