Former England right-back Danny Mills believes that Arsenal would be really interested in signing Marouane Fellaini from Manchester United should the Belgian be out of contract in the summer. Fellaini has established himself as an important part of Jose Mourinho's plans, but has reportedly rejected a contract extension at Old Trafford and could be available free next summer.

The former Everton midfielder has proved to be an extremely useful option from the substitutes' bench so far this season, but his recent progress was curtailed by a knee injury sustained on international duty. There is no shortage of suitors keen on the fuzzy-haired Belgian, with Galatasary, Besiktas, Inter Milan, Roma and AC Milan all reportedly showing varying levels of interest in Fellaini,

The 30-year-old joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2013 for around £27.5m under the now West Ham United manager David Moyes when he was subject to heavy criticism for his heavy handed ways but is held in very high esteem by Mourinho. The Portuguese manager is seemingly keen for Fellaini to stay and remains hopeful that a deal can be agreed with the Belgian.

However, Mills believes Arsenal should take advantage of the 30-year-old's situation and bring him to the Emirates where he can sit in front of the defence and provide some protection to the back three.

"Why would you get rid of him? If you could keep him, why would you allow one of your rivals to take him and make them stronger?" he told the BBC, as quoted by the Express. "He does a job. He does what John Obi Mikel did for many years at Chelsea. Keep him and bring somebody else in as well. That would be the ideal scenario.

"It is not like 'if we keep him, we haven't got any money left because we've got to pay him some wages'. You keep him, allow him to do his job. Fill in when necessary, be a squad player, do all those things. He's scored some important goals because he is a threat. Arsenal would love him, without a shadow of a doubt. Just to sit in front of the back four, win a few headers."

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