Man United 'fear' losing disgruntled Fellaini for free

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists he will not break club's youth promo

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists he will not break club's youth promo

An incredibly short transfer update from Italian news outlet Calciomercato will trigger alarm bells for Arsenal and Man United fans on Wednesday.

Arsenal are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

How keen are the Gunners?

If the 29-year-old does not come to an agreement with the Red Devils he could become available to other clubs as early as January 1 on pre-contract terms ahead of a free transfer in the summer.

Felllaini was the first signing of David Moyes' ill-fated era as Manchester United boss, arriving on a £27m deal in August 2013.

At his lowest point, Fellaini was even booed by some supporters who refused to accept him as a United player because of his size and playing style.

Last month, Mourinho also admitted that he was "worried" about Fellaini's contract situation.

Talks started last season and United offered him a new deal in September, but that remains unsigned with negotiations on what will be the last big contract of the Belgium international's career at an impasse.

Now Mourinho is adamant he will not give up hope of Fellaini staying beyond the end of the 2017-18 campaign, with pressure likely to be put on the club's decision-makers to ensure the midfielder isn't allowed to walk away without a fight.

Even though he is just 20, the Spanish under-21 global has shown many qualities United lack as well as a maturity, and would likely cost around £40m.

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