It seems as though Arsenal’s slow transfer window has drastically picked up over the last few days. The Metro are now reporting that Arsenal (and Manchester United!) have been given until August 1st to activate a release clause in Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini’s contract or watch his valuation rise to a very big amount.
According to the report, the Belgian international has a clause in his contract which says that if a Champions League club come in with an offer of £22 million, he will be allowed to leave. However, it is understood that the clause is valid only till the last day of this month, leaving Arsenal, United and any other possible suitors with seven days to snap up the player for a bargain price.
The 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates since the beginning of the transfer window and media reports emerged at one point claiming that Arsenal had activated his buy-out clause, although several reliable journalists ‘in the know’ later clarified that the clause had not been activated, but Arsenal had indeed enquired about the player.
Okay, if it’s Arsenal versus United for Fellaini’s signature, then I wouldn’t bet on us getting him. However, the Premier League Champions have seemed to shift their attention towards Cesc Fabregas and Ilkay Gundogan. Although the Fabregas deal is probably not happening, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder remains a distinct possibility for United. In my opinion, if they sign any one of these two, they probably won’t go in for Fellaini. Looking at the depth of their squad, they wouldn’t need to.
The reasons for Arsenal to go in for Fellaini however, are innumerable. The lanky Belgian can be the world-class defensive midfielder that Gooners have been crying out for, while also being able to play quite effectively as an attacking midfielder. His physical presence and aerial ability will come in handy while taking and defending set pieces, not to mention that he also has great vision for a killer pass and a keen eye for goal.
I will admit that if United come in for him, they will probably beat us to his signature, David Moyes probably knows every word of his contract. However, I believe that Arsene Wenger should at least try his luck. He is the type of player that our midfield lacks at the moment, and at just £22 million he is certainly affordable as well.
Maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself here but if we end up signing Suarez, Fellaini and Bernard this summer, I will be a very, very happy Gooner. Add these three to our current squad and I can most definitely see Arsenal pushing for the title and possibly more next season.