Arsenal sweat on signing Everton’s brilliant Belgian midfielder due to high wage demands.
Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is flattered at talk of a summer Arsenal transfer, but the Gunners may be priced out of a deal.
The Belgium international is available to UEFA Champions League clubs for £22m this summer due to a minimum fee release clause in his contract, but wants to be paid wages of over £100,000 per week according to the Daily Mail.
This means that even if a deal for that price should go through, over the course of a five year contract he could cost the north London club over £50 million in total.
Still, Fellaini’s ability and versatility might make him worth the colossal outlay.
The 25 year-old offers height, skill and a formidable physical presence – as well as goals. He was Everton’s top scorer last season and supplied the second most assists in the Toffees’ squad.
Fellaini’s ability to play both as defensive midfielder and support striker made him an immensely valuable asset for the Goodison Park outfit over the last few seasons.
Should Arsenal and Fellaini come to terms over wages, he could be a similarly useful player for the Gunners.