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Everton star set to spark European transfer war

| 28.02.2013

Marouane Fellaini has returned to his brilliant best for Everton this season, and his performances have not gone unnoticed by some of the world’s most reputable clubs, who are now championing his services.

Disciplinary issues aside, Fellaini has proved a vital cog in the Toffees machine as they bid for the second top-four finish of David Moyes’ tenure.

His tendency to chip in goals with great regularity has returned, and his 10 league strikes so far make him the club’s top scorer this season.

And after appearing virtually unplayable when bagging the winner in a 1-0 triumph over Manchester United earlier in the season, Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t help but take note of Fellaini’s talents.

That said, he may be ready to step up his interest in the player this coming summer, as his long-standing search for a talismanic central midfielder continues.

He would face stiff competition for the Belgian international however, who cost Everton a hefty £15m when signing from Standard Liege back in 2008.

Reports of a £24m buy-out clause in Fellaini’s current contract are denied by Moyes, who would hope to make around a 100 per cent profit on the 25-year-old.

Everton’s financial situation makes a move look likely though, as does the fact they have tended to let a big-name player leave in recent past transfer windows.

Indeed, Jack Rodwell made a £17m switch to Manchester City last summer, following on from Joleon Lescott two seasons prior, and the Citizens are now keen to monitor the situation regarding Fellaini.

Chelsea make up a trio of Premier League clubs coveting his services meanwhile, whilst Real Madrid could also step up a summer pursuit for the imposing midfielder, perhaps dependent upon their new boss.

Although he is one of the top earners at Goodison Park on around £75,000 per week, Fellaini knows he could command an increased salary elsewhere, and is believed to be ready to explore his options.

He has long outlined a desire to play Champions League football, and achieving a top-four finish at 22/1 may be the only way Everton can persuade him to remain with the club beyond this summer.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee