Wenger turns his attention back towards Fellaini.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing to break the club’s transfer record twice in a matter of days, by following up a £22m deal for Gonzalo Higuain with a £23m bid for Everton’s Marouane Fellaini, reports the Evening Standard.
The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Belgian in the past but interest had cooled in recent weeks.
However, with Wenger looking to act quickly with the £70m transfer kitty he has been given this summer, deals for Higuain and Fellaini could be wrapped up before the transfer window has even officially opened.
In the past, bringing new acquisitions to the Emirates Stadium had been based on big money exits happening first, which meant deals had to be rushed late on and the Frenchman often lost out on his first choices.
The last two summers have seen Robin Van Persie and Samir Nasri both depart the club for large transfer fees, but in good news for Arsenal fans the same will not be happening this year.
In fact it seems transfer policies in north London have made a seismic shift in 2013, as for the first time the Gunners are set to spend above £20m on new players – and it’s going to happen twice in quick succession.
Wenger had hoped that he would be able to secure Fellaini’s services for less than the midfielder’s £23m release clause, but with that no longer an option the 63-year-old will have to act fast.
Although new Manchester United manager David Moyes has yet to make the expected move for his former Toffees player, with Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara seemingly preferred, that is not to say the Scot will not turn his attention there in the future if Wenger fails to make a move.