Manchester United are ready to sell Marouane Fellaini to Italian club Napoli at a reduced price to end the Belgian's Old Trafford nightmare.

Fellaini failed to make an impression at United and became a symbol of the failed David Moyes era after his £27.5m deadline day transfer from Everton during the early days of the manager's doomed reign.

The 26-year-old has now reportedly been handed a lifeline from Napoli, who are in discussions with the United hierarchy about either a one-year loan or a permanent move.

The Italian team's boss, Rafa Benitez, thinks Fellaini's physicality will suit Serie A and wants to take the roundly criticised Beligium international to Naples.

An impasse to the move could be United's desire to sell the combative midfielder in the hope of re-couping at least £15m.

However, Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is likely to be put off that price tag as he looks to tighten the purse strings, according to the Guardian.

Fellaini failed to score for United and was usually used as a defensive midfielder, but did find the net for Belgium in the 2-1 win over Algeria at the World Cup after he was brought on and deployed higher up the pitch.

United manager Louis van Gaal has told chief executive Ed Woodward that Fellaini did not feature in his plans at the club upon arriving at Old Trafford and despite his poor form last season, there is understood to be a list of suitors who want to ressurect the former Everton player's career.

Another United player who could be on his way out is Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa. Recruited by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012, Kagawa failed to establish himself under Moyes and found himself further down the pecking order after Juan Mata joined in January.

Former club Borussia Dortmund remain keen on the 25-year-old, who was criticised by van Gaal along with Mata and Ander Hererra for giving the ball away too much against Roma on Saturday, but it remains to be seen if the Dutchman wants to part with a player who could yet play in a number of positions across United's five-man midfield.