Galatasaray president Dursun Ozbek will travel to Manchester on Tuesday to meet with the Belgian’s representatives to hold talks over his transfer fee.
But despite the array of reports pointing towards an imminent exit, Fellaini has still travelled with the first team squad for their pre-season clash with Valerenga in Oslo.
That said, sporting director Cenk Ergun has confirmed that the wheels were in motion for the transfer, noting: “There will be surprises, we are in talks with Fellaini.”
There is something hard to stomach about the idea of Fellaini leaving. Make no mistake, replacing the cumbersome, often frustrating midfield battering ram with the Premier League winning experience of Nemanja Matic – a deal that appears to be edging closer – is an emphatic step in the right direction and indeed exactly what footballing evolution looks like.
But we often forget that Fellaini, signed back in 2013, has played under four different managers at Old Trafford. His arrival aligned with the beginning of what many describe as Manchester United’s ‘banter era’, and while seeing this period leave with him would, of course, be favourable, his unyielding presence and commitment to the cause has left a discernable Fellaini-shaped stamp on the side’s very identity.