Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, who is currently in charge of Napoli, looks set to make his first major signing from Manchester United. Benitez enjoyed a lot of clashes with United during his time at Liverpool, but he has not had the luxury of coaching United players up until now. He may get an opportunity, but in the form of a loan deal. It is highly speculated that Marouane Fellaini will be joining Napoli on a loan deal. The former Everton man has struggled for form since his £ 27 million move last summer.
It is speculated that United are willing to cut their losses and allow the player to leave on a loan deal. Depending upon his performances at his new club, the loan deal could be converted into a permanent one. Napoli finished third in the title race last season, but they were 24 points behind eventual champions Juventus. Keen to bridge this gap, Benitez is reportedly looking at strengthening the midfield by bringing Fellaini. The Spaniard, though, has confirmed that even while Napoli are interested in signing the player, they are that a move depends on United.
New manager Louis van Gaal stated a few weeks ago that he would be giving every player the opportunity to show that they are good enough to play at United. His decision on Fellaini is still not known yet.
“Fellaini is a Manchester United player – it does not depend on us but it depends on them. He is a great player but he is at another team. It appears he is waiting for Van Gaal. We will have to wait. Is he the right player? We have players who work very well, while it also depends on who leaves. It is not easy to name names. What features in a midfielder am I after? Players who have the mindset to win every game, then we can start to talk about the technical quality,” said Benitez.