Arsenal have opted against making an approach for Marouane Fellaini despite him being available on a free transfer at the end of the month. The Belgium international has been in a constant standoff with Manchester United over the past year and it appears likelier by the day that he would be leaving Old Trafford when his contract expires in June.
A recent report suggested that the Gunners could make a surprise approach for the Belgium international with Unai Emery said to be a huge admirer of his services. However, the move has now been called off with several influential figures within the club feeling that the 30-year-old does not suit the club’s passing style of football, The Sun claims.
Moreover, the player’s £120,000-a-week demands on top of a signing-on fee are deemed too steep for the north Londoners and they are now prepared to look elsewhere in the pursuit of a commanding midfielder.
Of late, there has been a suggestion that Emery could raid his former club Sevilla in order to pursue the services of Steven N’Zonzi but the club’s director of football Joaquin Caparros has clarified that the midfielder won’t be sold unless his £35m release clause is triggered.
As such, the Gunners’ pursuit of a new midfielder seems to have reached an impasse with the new head coach supposedly allocated with a limited pre-sales budget of around £70m.
Arsenal have recently announced the signing of right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer and this could soon be followed up by the £16m signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.
As per the Greek’s father, the agreement is already on the pipeline and the central defender is due to join the club within the next couple of days, provided the necessary formalities go as planned.