Signing Marouane Fellaini would offer Arsenal something different - Ray Parlour

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But Guangzhou have fended off competition from the Premier League to secure his services till 2018.

The Manchester Evening News says 13 of Europe's top clubs were interested in Dalot and eight were willing to pay considerably more than his £17.5m release clause to sign him before it became active on June 30.

United may lose two central midfielders this season - after the retirement of Michael Carrick and the likely departure of Marouane Fellaini, meaning the addition of £52-million Fred, now looks like a signing made for the first team rather than an option to strengthen the bench. Pires continued. "But I think he's a good player if he wants to join Arsenal, I think it would be good news".

But, the continued interest from Manchester United could perhaps be the result of Marouane Fellaini facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford, with reports suggesting that the player is being eyed as a possible replacement.

His decision to opt for China means United will have to expand their search for a versatile forward who can play on the right of a front three or offer creativity from a central role off the main striker.

The Belgian midfielder played just 16 times in the Premier League this season, making only five starts though he did score the winning goal in United's 2-1 win over Arsenal in April.

'It's one of the toughest leagues in the world, every game is very tough.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was crucial to their deal for former Porto defender Diogo Dalot.

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