Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is edging closer to a move to China, after agreeing in 'principle' a deal with Shandong Luneng.

The 31-year-old has always played a bit-part role at Old Trafford since joining from Everton back in 2013, but his involvement has been particularly limited under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, and has played just 31 minutes of football since he took over from José Mourinho in December.

Marouane Fellaini

News of a potential deal was first reported by the Daily Mail, with a delegation from the Chinese Super League side understood to be thrashing out terms with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.

It's now claimed by ​The Times that talks have progressed quickly, and a deal has been 'agreed in principle' for Fellaini to sign a contract worth in excess of the current £140,000 per week he pockets at Old Trafford.

There has been no confirmation from United over a potential fee for Fellaini, but the Red Devils can expect to pocket a reasonable fee for the Belgian - given that he only signed a new contract to stay at the club last summer.

Certainly, ​Fellaini has shown little desire to play week in, week out football since moving to the Red Devils, and a lucrative, money-oriented move abroad would not be out of the question. The  player signed a contract extension with United back in June, extending his stay until 2020, but he is still likely to be available for a relatively low cost price.

Meanwhile, ​United are believed to be ready to offer veteran pair Ashley Young and Juan Mata short-term contract extensions to remain at Old Trafford. The experienced duo will both be free to leave the club as free agents upon the expiry of their respective contracts in the summer, but the Red Devils are thought to have offered them both a one-year extension.