Chelsea and Man Utd lock horns over Everton star Marouane Fellaini
Chelsea and Manchester United are set to trigger the £22 million buy-out clause in the contract of Everton’s coveted midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The tall Belgium international is also keen on making a big-money move this year.
Reports about Chelsea and Manchester United’s interest in Marouane Fellaini have been flying about since the summer transfer window ended. Everton are reluctant to lose their crown jewel to another Premier League club, yet they are willing to sell the versatile midfielder if the price is right.
The 25-year-old Belgian has had a fiery season with Everton. Marouane Fellaini’s role in the midfield and attack has been pivotal to Everton’s success. The big-haired lanky midfielder has scored eight goals and provided three assists to take Everton to the fifth spot in the Premier League. The Merseyside club is currently in contention for a Champions League spot due to his spectacular form.
Marouane Fellaini has clearly been a hero for Everton this season, yet there are a couple of instances that have tarnished his image. On-field violence and temperament are apparently the weak-points of the midfielder. Marouane Fellaini picked up a red card earlier in the season and then was banned for head-butting another player. The Everton star has publically apologized for his actions and has vowed to make up for it with better performances.
It is still not clear whether it’s Chelsea or Manchester United who are frontrunners for Marouane Fellaini’s signature. Both clubs have midfield issues and would do well with Marouane Fellaini at their helm.
Chelsea are set to lose the services of their midfield legend Frank Lampard at the end of the season. Marouane Fellaini would do well in the midfield alongside compatriot Eden Hazard. On the other hand Paul Scholes imminent retirement from football has caused many sleepless nights for Sir Alex Ferguson. Manchester United would do well by replacing the English midfield maestro with Marouane Fellaini.
Marouane Fellaini inked a five-year contract with Everton in 2011, which means whosoever is interested in the 25-year-old will have to shell a healthy amount of money. Marouane Fellaini has been eager for a move away for a while now, which means the possibility of him moving out of Goodison Park before the end of the season is pretty high.
Chelsea and Manchester United are in search of an x-factor in their midfield, which is something they can obtain by signing in Marouane Fellaini. Therefore, expect a fierce transfer battle over Marouane Fellaini.