Napoli get cold feet in Fellaini bid

Manchester United are happy to listen to offers for the midfielder, but the club's valuation of the player and his wages have proved to be a stumbling block for the Serie A side
By Paul Clennam

Napoli's move for Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has stalled, Goal understands.

The Serie A club have expressed an interest in Fellaini and sporting director Riccardo Bigon was reported in the Italian press to have met the player and his representatives in Belgium this week.

The Old Trafford club are willing to listen to offers for the midfielder, who is not part of Louis van Gaal's first team plans, but want at least €15 million for a player they signed for €32m during the 2013-14 summer transfer window.

That transfer fee is high for Napoli, who subsequently enquired over a loan deal for the 26-year-old.

However, United would only entertain loaning Fellaini out this summer if the player's €125,000-a-week wages were paid by Napoli, who could not afford to pay the player's salary in full.

Napoli are in the market for a midfielder and made an enquiry regarding Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue earlier in the summer, whilst an agreement in principle is in place for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva to be reunited with Rafa Benitez in a season-long loan deal.

Spurs midfielder Sandro has also been considered as an option, but the Italian club were eager to pursue the possibility of signing Fellaini.

Napoli are still keen to sign Fellaini if United change the conditions of the transfer, but the deal is currently at an impasse.