Emery holds shock talks with Manchester United star about Arsenal switch

Arsenal transfer news Man Utd Marouane Fellaini

GETTYArsenal transfer news Unai Emery is eyeing Man Utd star Marouane Fellaini

There can be a lot of silly rumours in the summer transfer window but this one has more than a little weight to it.

Fellaini, 30, is out of contract at United and despite attempts by Old Trafford officials to convince the Belgian global to sign a new deal, he has preferred to keep his options open as he prepares to become a free agent this summer.

It's a done deal between the Gunners and Borussia Dortmund, claim talkSPORT, with the broadcaster reporting that Sokratis Papastathopoulos "is set to join Arsenal this week for £15m".

New manager Unai Emery is a known admirer of Fellaini and wanted to sign him when he was in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, but could face competition from Serie A club AC Milan.

Arsenal's head of recruitment Sven Mislintat appears to agree with Emery regarding Fellaini's appeal and the 30-year-old will be looking to improve on the one-year contract, worth £80,000-a-week, that he has turned down at Manchester United. In fact, not very long ago, the Portuguese seemed quite confident that the Belgian global would sign a new contract with the club and stay put at the Old Trafford.

Chosen by Roberto Martinez in the Belgian World Cup this summer, Fellaini is apparently seeking a £120,000 a week contract at Arsenal, plus a significant signing-on fee. So it makes sense that they are going after free agents with Stephan Lichtsteiner also linked.

However, if they are found guilty, chances are that Fellaini may not move to Italy and would rather stay in England to continue his career.

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