Marouane Fellaini could make a sensational return to the Premier League this summer with Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said to be keen on a reunion with the former Manchester United midfielder.
Fellaini was a regular starter in his first season under Mourinho before the following campaign was disrupted by a number of injuries.
He often split opinion during his time at Old Trafford but he did win two trophies under Mourinho – the Europa League and the League Cup – as well as the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal.
The 33-year-old is currently plying his trade in China having moved on from United in 2009 for £7million, and is under contract at Shandong Luneng until December.
The Belgian has notched 20 goals and five assists for the Chinese side but is reportedly keen on a return to the Premier League.
And Voetbal 24 claim Fellaini is high on Mourinho’s list of priorities ahead of the summer transfer window.
His transfer to Spurs will depend on whether Mourinho remains in the job in north London, with the 58-year-old under pressure following Spurs’ embarrassing exit in the last 16 of the Europa League and their faltering Premier League form.
But Mourinho is still planning ahead for next season with Fulham defender Joachim Andersen another player on his list of potential targets.
Tottenham host Manchester United on Sunday, with the reverse fixture seeing Spurs claim a memorable 6-1 win at Old Trafford.
But Mourinho insists the scoreline that day does not “reflect the reality”.
“I believe that 6-1 doesn’t reflect the reality. It can happen. Of course it can happen, between two greats, the results they can happen in an isolated way,” Mourinho said.
“I go much more in the direction of the other two previous matches between us and United. We lost 2-1 at Old Trafford, with the penalty, and we draw 1-1 at home last season, also with a penalty. I think this is more the reality.
“We are not far from each other so I think it is going to be a difficult match for both.
“If Solskjaer is going to use that result I don’t know. If it was the opposite. If it was my team losing 6-1 to them I would just say to my guys that it happened once and it’s not going to happen twice. This doesn’t reflect the reality.
“The game is going to be tight and we can win, but I don’t know, maybe Solskjaer has different things.”