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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is heading towards the exit as a move to the Chinese Super League edges closer, sources have told ESPN FC.

United are in discussions with Shandong Luneng as the Belgium international is expected to opt for a move away from Old Trafford.

Shandong have sent a delegation to Manchester to tie up the deal.

The 31-year-old signed a new two-year deal in the summer but with opportunities limited since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in December, he is set to sign a three-year contract with Shandong on wages in excess of the £140,000-a-week he currently earns.

Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said this month that Fellaini has “an X-Factor” but he has played just 31 minutes under the Norwegian.

Fellaini has been in Antwerp at the Move to Cure clinic this week in a bid to recover from a calf injury that has ruled him out of the past three games.

The proposed move to Shandong, who sit third in the Chinese Super League, will bring to an end a five-and-a-half year stay at United for Fellaini.

He arrived from Everton in a £27.5 million deal in 2013 to become David Moyes’ first signing and the first arrival following Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire.

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