Mourinho: Manchester United must offload midfielder this summer
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Jose Mourinho has told Manchester United that Marouane Fellaini should be offloaded in the summer, Football Insider sources understand.
The Portugese, who is in advanced talks to replace Louis van Gaal in the Old Trafford hot seat, says the midfielder does not fit into his plans.
United are ready to listen to offers for the £27million signing from Everton at the end of the season, when he will have two years remaining on the contract he signed in 2013.
Fellaini has been a fringe player for most of this season although he has been a regular in the heart of the midfield since Bastian Schweinsteiger injured his knee in early January.
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The Premier League giants are closing in on the appointment of Mourinho as new manager after offering him a three-year contract worth £48million.
Talks between the club and Mourinho’s camp are now at an advanced stage as the possibility grows that he will land the job of his dreams.
Discussions have also taken place about an overhaul of a squad that has struggled to justify the vast investment of the last two years under Van Gaal.
A United source has told Football Insider that Mourinho has made it clear that Fellaini can go, as he believes the giant Belgium international lacks the mobility and technique to play in central midfield.
Fellaini has made 25 appearances for the club this season, although he has started only 11 of their 34 Premier League and Champions League matches.
In other Manchester United transfer news, Juan Mata is also fretting over his Old Trafford future after being discarded by Mourinho at Chelsea.