The Metro has reported that any clubs interested in buying Marouane Fellaini, have until the 3rd of August to sign him as his release clause is active only until then. Arsenal and Manchester United have been targeting the lanky Belgian, and it was reported earlier in the summer that Arsenal had activated Fellaini’s release clause, but there was no news on this topic after that. Manchester United are looking to sign former Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas, and will only look to sign Fellaini if they fail in their ambitious bid to sign Cesc Fabregas, which is highly likely that they will, since Fabregas has reiterated his stance on staying with Barcelona, and even if Barcelona accept United’s bid, Arsenal have first refusal on the central midfielder and will surely look to exercise that clause.
There have been lot of reports linking the Gunners to various defensive midfielders, and Fellaini would represent a powerful midfield presence, which has been absent in the Gunners’ line-up since the departure of Patrick Viera. Arsenal do have a similar player to Viera in the squad, in fellow Frenchman, Abou Diaby, but the problem is that he seems to be made of glass, getting injured every now and then, though putting in some majestic performances, like the one at Anfield last season, and Fellaini could provide the steel that Arsenal require in midfield.
Also since there is hardly any time left to complete a deal, any deal involving Fellaini looks unlikely, especially since Arséne Wenger has said that Arsenal are not near signing anybody, and it will be tough to bring in anyone before the Emirates Cup. He has also said that Arsenal do not require new signings and can challenge without any which, frankly, should be taken with a pinch of salt. Lé Prof is a battle hardened veteran in the transfer market, and will not let any details out in the open, since he might leave himself susceptible to last minute bids, hijacking his move for any player. This is the man who said that he doesn’t know Santi Cazorla, when he was going to have his medical.