Marouane Fellaini has claimed that his Everton manager David Moyes has not yet made any attempts to get him to join the incoming Manchester United manager at Old Trafford. Since it was announced that Moyes would take over from Sir Alex Ferguson this summer, there has been much speculation that one of his first pieces of business would be to ensure a reunion with the Belgian midfielder.
It has been widely reported that Fellaini has a clause in his contract allowing him to join a club in the Champions League for a fee of £24 million. With the player having previously suggested that he would look to join a bigger club at the end of the season, a move looked on the cards. Fellaini, though, has said that he is not concerning himself with the mounting speculation.
“He got a good offer and I understood why he accepted it," Fellaini explained, according to Sky Sports. "But he never told me he planned to take me to United. Rumors are part of football and I take them with a pinch of salt.
"Everyone likes that question about Manchester United, but I know of nothing,” added the 25-year-old. “My destiny is with Everton, it's as simple as that. We're talking about one of the biggest clubs in England, the framework is in place and the manager's departure doesn't change anything. I do miss playing in the Champions League but we deserved to win a place in it this year.”
It is in central midfield where Moyes is said to believe that he most needs to strengthen the Manchester United squad this summer. Linked with PSV Eindhoven’s Kevin Strootman and Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara, the London Evening Standard now reports that United are stepping up their interest in Thiago’s Camp Nou teammate Cesc Fabregas.
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The report claims that the 26-year-old, who has failed to become an integral member of the Barcelona team since rejoining the club in 2011, is interested in a move to Old Trafford and linking up with his former Arsenal colleague Robin van Persie. Arsenal have first option to re-sign the Spain international, but it is understood that will not scupper any deal.
Potentially more of an obstacle is reported interest in Fabregas from Manchester City. The Daily Mail asserts that United’s neighbors are keen on a £25 million deal.
There has been talk that United will look to make a statement signing to lift the club following the departure of Ferguson. One arrival that would fit that bill is that of Gareth Bale. Following a season of spectacular goals, the Tottenham attacker is thought to be on the radar of some of the world’s biggest clubs. Real Madrid have been most strongly linked, but the Daily Mirror reports that United, along with Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are all prepared to spend £80 million to land the Welshman.
A move to another Premier League side appears unlikely, however. Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has revealed that he would listen to an offer from Madrid, while Tottenham would doubtless prefer to sell the player abroad. The noises coming from Bale, though, suggest that he is prepared to stay at Spurs for another season, with an improved contract expected to be offered to the 23-year-old.