When it comes to the media, Arsenal fans can’t exactly take everything as the truth and most of the time the rumours are purely made up to sell the papers, however one player that seemed to be a certainty on Arsene Wenger’s transfer wish list this summer was Everton and Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, but if recent speculation is true then perhaps this is where the interest ends.
Fellaini has been linked with Arsenal all summer, with reports even stating that Arsenal had beaten both Manchester United and Chelsea to his signing by activating his £23 million buyout clause. These clearly turned out to be nothing more than rumours and it later emerged that Wenger was back to his old way of negotiating to such an extent that we could lose the player all together.
It didn’t quite turn out this way however and speculation surrounding Fellaini to Arsenal persisted in the news and recently it was announced Arsenal had become clear favourites at 1/4 to sign Fellaini, suggesting that there was some real truth in the reports, however once again the media managed to fool us all once again.
And now there have been further developments in this transfer saga, with it now being reported that Arsene Wenger is still reluctant to do business with Everton for such a high price. At £23 million, his price tag may be quite extortionate for Arsenal, who are usually used to not going over the £10 million value, however in today’s footballing market £23 million could be an absolute steal for someone of Fellaini’s talent, especially as he would be such an integral part of this Arsenal team.
To add to the fiasco it’s been rumoured that Fellaini will demand a £100k wage package to whichever club bid for him, and I can’t see Wenger offering such a sum to Fellaini despite his importance and talent. At the moment only Podolski and Walcott are on that sort of money, but with Higuain looking likely to exceed the £100k mark once his transfer to the Gunner’s is completed, by offering the same amount to Fellaini, it would completely destroy our wage system and bring the club into financial confusion. If it is true about Fellaini’s wage demands is he really worth it. I don’t think he should be on anything more than £75/80k based on Arsenal’s structure but maybe I am underestimating the Belgian’s potential importance.