Everton’s star player’s buy-out clause runs out in a month’s time.
Manchester United and Arsenal have only one month left to sign Marouane Fellaini for £23.5m, as the Belgian dynamo’s buy-out-clause runs out on August 14, according to The Sunday Mirror.
The 25-year-old has three years left on his deal, and Everton would be expected to demand considerably more should no club activate the clause before the deadline.
Fellaini has scored 32 goals for Everton since joining for a club record £15m fee from Standard Liege in 2008.
His physical presence in the middle of the park has been crucial to Everton in recent years, and it’s understandable that David Moyes would want to reunite with the box-to-box midfielder. The Premier League champions are relatively lightweight in central midfield, after Paul Scholes’ retirement. A move for Fellaini would please fans still disappointed at missing out on top target Thiago. The Barcelona man is close to a move to Bayern Munich, to team up with his former manager Pepe Guardiola.
Arsenal have made signing a world class striker a priority, and Arsene Wenger has earmarked players like Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain and Wayne Rooney. Fellaini though, would bolster his midfield though, and would add some steel to the guile of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. If the Gunners did snap up the Belgian star, he would likely be employed in a more defensive sitting position, which he is more than capable of playing. This would enable Cazorla and Wilshere to remain in creative attacking positions in front of Fellaini.
The Belgian would be keen on a move to either of the massive clubs as he enters the prime years of his career.