Toffees set to see Belgium depart when the transfer window reopens.
Everton are bracing themselves for the possibility of losing key midfield player Marouane Fellaini come the end of the season, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The Belgium international has been a revelation ever since joining the Toffees from Standard Liege for £15 million in the summer of 2008, however, his fine form at Goodison Park in the intervening five years has resulted in a mountain of speculation linking the 25-year-old with a big-money move away from Merseyside.
Eleven goals and five assists in his 27 Premier League appearances for Everton are a tremendous return, and his versatility would make him an option from deep midfield to attack.
As yet, the shaggy-haired playmaker has resisted all temptations to leave the club, instead staying put, however, with Everton again set to miss out on entry into next season’s UEFA Champions League and the future of head coach David Moyes still uncertain, it is expected that Fellaini will finally call it a day at Everton this summer.
Champions League holders Chelsea have been keeping close tabs on the player for at least the past season, and despite the likes of both mega-rich Russian outfits Anzhi Makhachkala and Zenit St Petersburg being keen to sign Fellaini, it is the West Londoners that lead the race to sign him.