Marouane Fellaini is set to complete a £10.5million move from Manchester United to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng Taishan today after seemingly confirming the transfer on Instagram.
Reports broke yesterday that the 31-year-old had agreed personal terms with Shandong Luneng, and now multiple outlets are suggesting he’s passed a medical.
Fellaini posted an image with himself and three others at what must be presumed to be Manchester Airport with the caption ‘let’s go’ on his Instagram story at around 9am.
Twitter: Via Marouane Fellaini’s Instagram: He’s left #mufc https://t.co/DVHi3vFFYL (@samuelluckhurst)
The Chinese transfer window closes on February 28, a month later than in England, but the colossal midfielder is expected to complete his move as early as this evening.
United aren’t expected to sign a replacement before the January transfer window closes at 11pm tonight, but the Belgian’s departure has quashed chances of Scott McTominay securing a loan move to Scotland.
Fellaini was the first big-money signing made after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 as David Moyes paid £27m for his services on the final day of his first, and only, summer transfer window in charge.
The 6 ft 4 in scapegoat has been regularly criticised by pundits and United fans despite consistently being selected by Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho over his five years at Old Trafford.
He came up with plenty of big moments for United though, and it actually seemed like supporters grew to respect him in the latter stages of his tenure in England.