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The battle to land Valencia ace Sofiane Feghouli is hotting up with Manchester United leading the chase for the Algerian international. The 25 year old is into his sixth season at the Mestalla, but is out of contract in the summer and is seemingly reluctant to sign a new deal at Valencia.
The Spanish club have offered the talented winger new terms but Feghouli, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, looks to have his heart set on a new challenge.
Impressive World Cup
After impressing at the World Cup in 2014, Feghouli has enhanced his reputation over the past 18 months with some lively displays for Valencia and he could be the perfect boost for a Manchester United side that has flattered to deceive this season.
He had started all seven of Valencia’s Champions League games this term prior to the defeat to Lyon this week and had netted three times, a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed by managers of leading clubs across Europe including Louis Van Gaal.
Interest from Europe’s bigwigs
The only question seems to be when and not if Sofiane Feghouli will leave the Mestalla. He could opt to see out his contract and leave in the summer but Valencia may be keen to cash in on the Algerian in January, especially now they are out of Europe’s premier club competition.
United aren’t the only club in for the winger though. Fenerbahce are one team said to be preparing a January bid but they could also face competition from the likes of Chelsea and Inter Milan, who are also said to be keen.
Despite topping Serie A, Inter have found goals hard to come by while Chelsea’s nightmare season in the Premier League suggest that both clubs will be seeking fresh blood next month and a cut-price Feghouli could fit the bill.
United the front-runners and could use some creativity
However it is Manchester United who remain the front-runners for his signature. The Red Devils are said to be more than happy to meet Feghouli’s £60,000-a-week wage demands and could also decide to push their move forward to January to avoid losing out on the player.
They might also be wise to fast-track the deal in an attempt to bolster a squad that is struggling badly for creativity and goals, two things that Feghouli could certainly help provide.
Written by Mark Sochon
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