Reports: PSG to make stunning move for €32m Manchester United superstar
What's the story?
PSG, oh PSG. Not content with having assembled one of the most attacking units in world football - any unit which has Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler on the bench is one worth paying attention to - the Parisians are all set to diversify their interests... and how.
Having scanned the squad, they have figured out that what they are truly missing, the vital ingredient, the X-factor, is a tree.
So, as per the good folk over at the Daily Mail, they will hop-skip-jump their way over to Manchester where they will convince Marouane Fellaini to not sign a contract extension - and come back with them to Paris, on a free, during the summer window.
In case you didn't know
Fellaini was bought for €32 million by Manchester United from Everton - some €4 million more than his release clause (because United bid after the expiry of the clause. Why, you ask? David Moyes was in charge, things were different back then). - and has since gone from a figure of derision under Moyes (yeah, maybe not the Belgian's fault, that) and Louis Van Gaal (Fellaini is like the anti-van Gaal) to something akin a cult hero under Jose Mourinho.
The heart of the matter
The fact that all three managers love(d) him goes to show that the big Belgian has certain tactical benefits that are almost impossible to defend against. Possessed of chest control that would make Zinedine Zidane blush, and an impossible to defend against physique, Fellaini has become an important weapon in Mourinho's arsenal.
PSG's interest, as ridiculous as it seems on face value, is therefore more inclined toward ensuring their squad have tactical flexibility and a viable alternate option in case the opposition somehow manage to keep Messrs. Neymar, Cavani, Mbappe, Draxler, Di Maria, Lo Celso at bay.
Here's Fellaini doing what only Fellaini can do.
Hate him or love him, he's simply to inimitable to ignore
Fellaini, clearly a man of great ambition is not happy with the £120,000-a-week he is getting from the United coffers, and thus his hesitation to sign on. For the more paranoid, this could also prove to be a precursor to something much bigger, a pawn being moved in the greater game - Jose Mourinho to PSG.
For now, though, let's leave that to the conspiracy nuts, eh?