Jose Mourinho is making plans for Manchester United to tie up another agreement for Marouane Fellaini before the end of the year.
Fellaini’s deal is set to terminate towards the end of the season and if United can’t achieve another contract before Jan. 1, the 29-year-old will be allowed to sign a pre-contract with another club.
Mourinho needs to keep the Belgium worldwide at Old Trafford, while sources have disclosed to ESPN FC that the previous Everton man is cheerful at United.
There is, however, a fear that a lucrative offer from Turkey or China could change things, especially with Fellaini due to turn 30 in November and, in theory, negotiating his last big contract.
Provisional enthusiasm for the midfielder from Galatasaray in the late spring was hindered by Mourinho, who said at the time it would be less demanding for the Turkish side to choose him as chief.
The United supervisor has since said his squad is “weaker” when Fellaini is not accessible, including that he is “considerably more essential than what you can envision.”
Fellaini, who joined United from Everton for £27.5 million out of 2013, showed up under Mourinho last season, bettered just by Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford.
He marked a four-year bargain, with the choice of an extra year, when he touched base from Everton under previous chief David Moyes.
Joined set off their alternative in January to keep Fellaini at the club until the end the 2017-18 season and, at the time, to avoid solid enthusiasm from the Chinese Super League.