The stories in the media today about Marouane Fellaini are quite baffling and also extremely frustrating for Arsenal fans. We are desperate for some good quality signings this summer, agreed, but most fans will agree that we shouldn’t go mad and spend silly money, especially on players who might turn out to be not much better than we already have.
The Belgium and Everton midfielder is apparently very keen on the move to the Emirates this summer, while the transfer fee has been known for a long time, so what is the problem? Arsene Wenger and Arsenal know all about Fellaini. We have seen him dominate fantastic players in the Premier League over and over again. He can play as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder, so he seems to be just the kind of all-round Vieira/Diaby like player that the Frenchman likes.
Arsenal knew the price, because the 25-year old has a well publicised release clause. If we want him, we know the price, so why are we hearing that the Gunners are quibbling about the price? Do we really expect Everton to release their best player to a Premier League rival for less than they think he is worth? Would we? They probably don’t even want to sell to us, but the release clause takes that decision away from them. They certainly aren’t going to make it any easier.
I really hope this story is a piece of media misinformation or mere speculation, which it could well be, because if it is true it shows that Wenger and the board are not half as determined as we want them to be to sign the players we really need this summer.