Roberto Martinez has slapped a £30m price-tag on his giant Belgian midfielder…
Manchester United will have to pay £30m for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, reports the Daily Star.
The Premier League champions have made the 25-year-old Belgian powerhouse their number one midfield target, after missing out on deals for Thiago and Cesc Fabregas earlier in the summer.
David Moyes is also interested in Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye, but would prefer to link up with Fellaini, who he brought to Everton in 2008 for £15m
United missed out on the chance to secure the battler for £24m, as Fellaini had a clause in his contract allowing him to move to a Champions League side for this amount. The clause expired at the beginning of August however, and now the Toffees will demand an enlarged fee.
Everton’s giant Belgian would suit Moyes’ side perfectly, as United look worryingly think in the middle of the park. With Paul Scholes retiring, Darren Fletcher’s persistent injury problems and Ryan Giggs approaching 40, Moyes made the acquisition of a world-class midfielder this summer’s priority.
The Scottish boss has promised a marquee signing will be made, but with just over two weeks left of the transfer window, no arrivals seem imminent.
Everton have already rejected a bid for fullback Leighton Baines, insisting that he is not for sale at any price. Whether United submit an offer for his Everton teammate Fellaini remains to be seen, but the Toffees will be increasingly reluctant to sell as the season draws close.