With reports suggesting over the last few days that Arsenal have upped their interest in Everton and Belgium international midfielder Maroune Fellaini, could a move to the Gunners really be on the cards?
Two days ago there was a sudden mass surge of news that spread on the internet that Arsenal had activated Fellaini’s contract buy out clause with a £22 million bid but a few days on and no more has come from this story. No doubt it got a lot of people excited, and understandably because I think he would be the perfect candidate to fill that defensive midfielder role in midfield.
Fellaini has all the physical attributes you would want in a CDM and so for £22 million, I think that’s a very reasonable price in today’s football market for a top quality player with lots of Premier League experience.
Back to the reports from before and the move seems even more unlikely as the new Everton manager Roberto Martinez stated; “I don’t think it is an issue. You are not talking about a player who is out of the squad or in negotiations with another club. I won’t look to speak to him about this because there is nothing to speak about. What I want is him to be ready for the next season, to be ready to take an important role at the club and understand that it is a big season for him. As an individual, he has got an exciting year in front of him and I don’t think he is personally thinking, ‘Am I going to be here?’ I don’t think that’s in his head.”
Of course a manager will want to keep his best players at the club and Fellaini is arguably the best player at Everton but I’m afraid with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea also looming it might be difficult for Arsenal to get him rather than Everton to keep him. I’m sure the likes of City and Spurs will also be looking at the 25 year old, as well as other clubs across Europe, so as always don’t get your hopes up too high.