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Marouane Fellaini looks set to complete his long-awaited move to Turkey this summer once his contract with Manchester United expires.
The Belgian midfielder has previously been linked with moves to Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray. However, the 30-year- old will reportedly snub interest from elsewhere in Istanbul to join the reigning Süper Lig champions, Besiktas.
Fellaini has been a valuable Plan B for Manchester United over the last five years, largely playing second fiddle to a number of first-team players who have come and gone following his £29m arrival in 2013.
The former Everton star has also stepped into the starting line-up at Manchester United with impeccable professionalism when called upon over the years, earning a place in the hearts of most fans at Old Trafford.
However, Fellaini’s 10th year in the north-west will come to an end this summer when his current deal in Manchester expires. With Besiktas, Fellaini will continue to have the opportunity to play at the highest level.
The Black Eagles are set to face Bayern Munich in the first knockout stage of the Champions League this season something that became more of an uphill battle after selling Cenk Tosun in January.
Fellaini could link up with former Arsenal prospect Oguzhan Özyakup at the Vodafone Arena next season. However, the 25-year-old, who is also out of contract this summer, has recently been linked with a move back to north London.
Jack Wilshere has been the subject of an enquiry from Italian champions Juventus. Wilshere, who has been left at home rather than taken to Ostersunds on Thursday night, can leave Arsenal on a free transfer in the summer when his current deal of around £100,000 per week expires.
The Gunners remain confident that the midfielder, 26, will sign a new incentivised £80,000-a-week deal. England international Wilshere has suffered from a series of injuries in recent years. – AFP