United ready to fund Fellaini exit

Manchester United are reportedly prepared to fund part of midfielder Marouane Fellaini’s move to Serie A club Napoli.

Italian source Il Mattino claims the Red Devils are determined to part company with the Belgium international, and their opinion has not been altered by his injury-time winner in last night’s 2-1 friendly triumph over Valencia at Old Trafford.

Fellaini was subjected to stick from a small section of the home contingent during the contest, which could push him closer to the exit door in the coming days.

The report claims a loan deal has been put on the table and it is likely to involve United continuing to pay a portion of his salary throughout the 2014-15 campaign.

Napoli are quietly confident that United boss Louis van Gaal’s desire to see Fellaini leave could yet push the deal over the finishing line sooner rather than later, if a compromise can be struck.

He is said to have demanded almost £4million per year in wages during initial discussions, which the Italians cannot afford to fund alone.

Fellaini has not justified the £27.5million price tag placed on his shoulders following his switch from Everton last summer and is yet to score a competitive goal for United, with last night’s strike at least breaking his friendly duck.