Insider claims Arsenal were never close to deal to sign Man United star

Belgian reporter Kristof Terreur claims Arsenal were never close to a deal to sign Man United star Marouane Fellaini

Man United midfielder Marouane Fellaini Photo: Marouane Fellaini / Instagram

Arsenal were never close to a deal to sign Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, according to reporter Kristof Terreur.

The Belgium international is set to become a free agent next month after failing to agree to a new contract with the Red Devils.

The defensive midfielder has been a useful player under Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

However, Fellaini wants a significant upgrade on their £80,000 a week deal at Manchester United, which is proving problematic.

Arsenal have been linked with a sensational swoop to sign the Belgium international from Manchester United this summer.

A number of European clubs have also expressed an interest to sign the towering midfielder.

However, reports suggest that Fellaini is expected to sign a new two-year deal with Manchester United over the course of the weekend.

Belgian reporter Terreur believes Fellaini was never close to a move to Manchester United’s bitter rivals Arsenal.

“It was one meeting with the agent,” Terreur told the Transfer Talk podcast.

“They never offered anything on paper. It never went far. I checked with Arsenal but they weren’t interested. It was to put pressure on Man United.”

Manchester United have signed Brazil international Fred in a £52m deal from Ukrainian Premier League champions Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Red Devils have also recruited Diogo Dalot in a £17m deal from FC Porto.

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