Besiktas official Metin Albayrak has confirmed that the club has pin-pointed Marouane Fellaini as a potential target ahead of next summer’s transfer window.
The Belgian was erroneously linked with a move to Galatasaray over the summer but reports continue to claim that various Turkish sides are interested in securing his signature.
Manchester United have entered talks with Fellaini, whose contract ends in June, over a new deal ahead of the January transfer window but the two parties are yet to reach an agreement.
And Albayrak, speaking to turkish-football.com, has made it clear that Besiktas – who signed the likes of Pepe, Alvaro Negredo, Gary Medel and Jeremain Lens over the summer – are now keen on adding Fellaini to their ranks.
“Transfer plans never end, we are always working,” he said. “Fellaini is on our list, we have made efforts to sign him but not just him.”
“He is not the only player we scouted, our scouting team watched 20 games live this week. We are keeping tabs on several players.
“The club has plans for Turkey and Europe, there are negotiations. We want to make the signing for the winter transfer window or for the end of the season.”
Fellaini’s current contract enables him to speak with other clubs in January and Mourinho, who has publicly made note of the 29-year-old’s importance to the squad, will want to make sure that his long-term Old Trafford future is guaranteed by then.
The club usually offers players over 30 – the age Fellaini becomes in a few weeks – one year rolling contracts as part of a wider policy, but with talks yet to reach a conclusion it looks as if Man United may indeed ignore these guidelines and grant the midfielder an improved contract with lucrative terms.
You sense that, as things stand, Fellaini’s future is very much at a crossroads, and supporters will hope to see United swing the balance in their favour over the next month.