Arsenal are set to challenge Chelsea in their bid to buy Everton’s Marouane Fellaini, who is reported to be available for a fee of around £22Million.
It has emerged this week that Marouane has a clause in his contract that states if a team playing Champions League football bids £22Million or more than Everton must accept the bid. Chelsea having been eliminated from this season’s competition may have to get the lawyers involved.
Arsene Wenger is reported to be keen on the midfielder, with Arsenal set to make the 25 year-old their record signing. The Gunners are keen to bolster their team having failed to challenge for the Premier League in recent years.
Arsenal have become increasingly frustrated at Aaron Ramsey’s poor performances, and are keen to add the Belgian to help them qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea on the contrast are very happy with their current crop of midfielders, but are seeking to add depth to the squad in the wake of losing John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses to the African Cup of Nations this month. They are also actively seeking a long-term replacement for Frank Lampard, who has apparently been told he will not be given an extension to his contract.
Chelsea will no doubt be favourites to sign the Everton stalwart, despite the legal complications that may arise should the Merseyside club reject their bid. The Blues are much more willing to offer larger salaries for the better players, whereas Arsenal refuse to spend much at all. This has lead many of the Gunners better to play elsewhere at so called ‘bigger clubs’. I see Fellaini as a better fit to Chelsea than other players such as Modric, and believe he would dominate in our first team for years to come.