Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Napoli step up Fellaini interest

Marouane Fellaini could be offered a route out of Manchester United
Marouane Fellaini could be offered a route out of Manchester United

Napoli have confirmed their interest in signing Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

Fellaini has only been at United for a year, but his future is in doubt following the arrival of Ander Herrera and the pursuit of Kevin Strootman.

Big things were expected of Fellaini following his £27.5million transfer from Everton, but he failed to score in 21 appearances last year.

Now Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he is ready to offer the Belgium international a way out of the Premier League club.

"Fellaini is one of the names on the table, but not the only one," the Napoli president told Italian radio station Kiss Kiss when asked about potential transfers for the upcoming season.

De Laurentiis thinks Fellaini and Gokhan Inler would make a good centre-midfield pairing for Napoli, not because of their playing styles, but because of their respective hair styles.

"They would make a nice pair," said the Napoli president, who bizarrely made Inler wear a lion's mask at his unveiling in 2011.

"Fellaini has long hair, and the Swiss (Inler) is shaven.

"Together they have a hairstyle that looks like a lion's mane and three years ago I presented Inler with the mask of a lion!"

Napoli won the Coppa Italia, finished third in Serie A and reached the second round of the Champions League under former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez last season.

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