Arsenal and Manchester United have left it late to start their transfer business. Both teams have tried and failed to bring in new players and now they are set to battle it out for Everton’s Marouane Fellaini.
The Belgian star has been linked with a big money move all summer with a £23 million release clause in his contract. However, the clause wasn’t activated and expired on 31 July meaning any bid for the midfielder would have to be significantly higher than £23 million to persuade Everton to sell.
David Moyes was expected to bring Fellaini with him when he joined Manchester United earlier in the summer but preferred to focus on other targets, however having failed with bids for Cesc Fabregas and Luka Modric, Moyes has turned back to Fellaini. He had a bid of £28 million rejected for Fellaini and Leighton Baines with the Merseyside club expecting at least £30 million for the tall Belgium international.
Arsenal were also linked with a move for the former Standard Liege midfielder but went short of making an official bid. With time running out and options looking slim, Fellaini will now have a choice between Manchester United and Arsenal providing they have a fee accepted. And With United already making Everton angry with an offer Everton terms as derisory and insulting, Arsenal now have a very good chance of signing the big Belgian midfielder should they want to sign him.
The transfer window shuts in under a fortnight so both teams will have to act quick to get their transfer dealings sorted.