Toffees are bracing themselves for Belgium’s inevitable exit.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are planning on replacing playmaker Xabi Alonso with Everton midfield player Marouane Fellaini at the Santiago Bernabeu next season, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
Rumours started circulating in both the Spanish and English press on Thursday that the Liga champions were willing to let Spain international Alonso depart the club this summer after four years in Madrid, with Uefa Champions League holders Chelsea believed to be the 31-year-old’s likely next port of call.
And that will create a vacancy in the centre of the park to be filled in the Spanish capital as of next reason, regardless of who exactly will be in charge of the team then.
Fellaini, 25, has a contract at Goodison Park until 2016, but it is also known that the Belgium international has a clause in that deal stating that if any club competing in the Champions League bids £22 million for the player, then he will be allowed to depart Merseyside.
As a result, it now appears increasingly likely that the big-haired midfielder-cum-attacker will be playing his football in Madrid as of next season.