After speculation linking heavily criticised midfielder Marouane Fellaini with a move away after he conceded a late penalty at the weekend, the Daily Mail now claim that Jose Mourinho is happy to allow the Belgian to depart – but only on a permanent deal and not the loan that was rumoured.
Mourinho is said to be unconvinced by the man who was signed by David Moyes and often featured under Louis Van Gaal but could be one of many players to be forced out of the club in January or in the summer.
A potential replacement for Fellaini may be a Mourinho favourite in the form of Mikel John Obi, who previously played under the Portuguese manager at Stamford Bridge, but the Daily Star claim that the Red Devils are yet to contact Chelsea to begin negotiations over a January move for the Nigerian.
Mikel is yet to feature for the Blues under Antonio Conte and with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, he could move to Old Trafford in a cut price deal almost ten years after he reneged on a deal to join the club in favour of a move to the capital.
Wolves manager Paul Lambert has discussed the possibility of a return to Old Trafford for youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson after the 19-year-old has featured in only two of the Championship clubs’ last eight matches. He said:
“Cameron’s obviously on loan here and hasn’t really featured under me, just because I felt we needed a bit more experience. He’s a young lad, a tidy and nice footballer and he’s got to fight his way to get into the side. But he never lets himself down in training. He trains well. Come January, Kevin Thelwell and myself will start to get the squad we think can help. There’s been no official decision on Cameron and won’t be for another few weeks.”
The left-back may return and prepare for a switch elsewhere to gain more first team experience or may instead act as a deputy on the fringes of the first team.
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