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Transfer Focus: Marouane Fellaini

Arsenal and Manchester United are chasing Marouane Fellaini so now is the time for Transfer Focus to look at the Everton midfielder.

Last Updated: 08/07/13 at 09:19 Post Comment

Marouane Fellaini: Will he be playing for Arsenal next season?

Marouane Fellaini: Will he be playing for Arsenal next season?

The chase for Marouane Fellaini's signature continues as the summer transfer window jumps to life.

The Everton midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal and the Gunners are Sky Bet's 4/6 favourites to sign the midfielder.

A reunion with his former Toffees manager David Moyes at Manchester United is also a possibility and there could be interest brewing from elsewhere as deadline day closes in.

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Who Wants Him?

Arsenal (4/6 to sign Fellaini this summer with Sky Bet): The Gunners have been the favourites to acquire Fellaini for some time now and a deal would certainly send out a strong statement to their rivals. The Belgium international would provide a lot more physicality and goal threat to the midfield - something that has been missing in recent seasons. Arsene Wenger is looking to boost his squad this summer but does he have the funds to see off interest from big-money rivals and complete the transfer?

Manchester United (3/1): This is an obvious switch with Fellaini's former Everton boss David Moyes now the man in charge at Old Trafford. There is definitely room for reinforcements in the United midfield but would the new boss be able to complete a double raid on Goodison Park with Leighton Baines also tipped to make the move? The Toffees will try to put up a fight but it would be a big surprise if the Red Devils don't make a bid.

Chelsea (4/1): The Blues have long been touted as a potential destination for Fellaini but that talk seems to have softened somewhat in recent times. Returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has already added two midfielders - Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel - to his squad so is this a deal too far? Possibly when you consider the need for the club to splash out on a big-money striker before the window slams shut.

Also available with Sky Bet: PSG (12/1), Manchester City (33/1), Real Madrid (33/1), Juventus (40/1), AC Milan (50/1).

Sky Bet's Joe Petyt says: "Marouane Fellaini was as short as 1/5 to join Arsenal in mid-June when the transfer was looking like a formality.

"Since then we've seen a decent amount of money for him to rejoin David Moyes at Manchester United and they are now 3/1 to grab his signature.

"The money suggests it's a two-horse race between the two."

The Stats

2012/13 season 41 games, 13 goals - there were plenty of goals from the midfielder as Everton finished sixth in the Premier League. His campaign started in style as he headed home the winner in Everton's 1-0 win over Manchester United.

2011/12 season 46 games, 6 goals - Fellaini's stock continued to rise as he was a key part of the Everton side that finished seventh in the Premier League. He ended the season with more bookings (10) than goals (six).

International record 42 games, 7 goals - the midfielder's full international debut for Belgium came in 2007 and he's now an integral part of the team looking set to qualify for the World Cup by topping Group A in the European qualification section.

Fellaini Facts

Fellaini's father, Abdellatif, was a professional footballer and played as goalkeeper for clubs in Morocco before later looking after his son's career

Fellaini could have played international football for Morocco but made the decision to play for Belgium, the country of his birth

Fellaini played for Belgium at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 but was sent off in his nation's opening game after picking up two yellow cards against Brazil

Everton broke their transfer record to sign Fellaini on deadline day at the end of the summer transfer window in 2008 by paying over £12million

Fellaini was booked 10 times in his first 17 matches for Everton

What Fellaini Says

May 2013: "He (David Moyes) got a good offer and I understood why he accepted it. But he never told me he planned to take me to United. Rumours are part of football and I take them with a pinch of salt. Everyone likes that question about Manchester United, but I know of nothing. My destiny is with Everton, it's as simple as that. We're talking about one of the biggest clubs in England, the framework is in place and the manager's departure doesn't change anything. I do miss playing in the Champions League but we deserved to win a place in it this year. We were unlucky Spurs had a good season as well. But it's clear I am very happy where I am. Everything else is waffle."

May 2013: "If I'm leaving Everton, I say if, it will depend on lots of factors. I only want to go to a club where the manager really wants me. In 2008, Everton did everything to convince me, especially David Moyes. He made me the player I am now." Sunday Mirror

May 2013: "Every player wants to play in the Champions League. That is the big competition. I hope I can do it with Everton. I'm happy here. I've been at the club for five years. I'm happy because I know everybody. For my future, I want to play in England. The Premier League is the best league. Here there are five, six, seven, eight teams, all of whom think they are good enough to play in the Champions League and want that. There isn't another country in Europe where you get that." Daily Mirror

February 2013: "If Chelsea want to sign me, then they need to come forward with a bid for me. I have heard about Chelsea's interest but I've honestly not spoken to them. Every season I've been here, top clubs have been asking about me but, for now, I'm happy at Everton." The Sun

What Others SayJune 2013, Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "I don't think it is an issue (reports about Fellaini's future). 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." Sun on Sunday

June 2013, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright: "I have to say he has given me every indication he doesn't want to go." The Times

June 2013, Everton team-mate Kevin Mirallas: "We definitely want him to stay. He's a real strength. Having Marouane in your team helps because he scares the opposition - although he doesn't scare me because we're always on the same team!" The Sun

Paper Talk

Daily Mail, June 26 - Everton are interested in signing CSKA Moscow's 27-year-old midfielder Keisuke Honda as interest in their midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, increases.

Daily Mail, June 25 - Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, will ask Arsenal for a weekly wage of more than £100,000 should the Gunners sign him for £22m.

Daily Star Sunday, June 16 - Arsene Wenger has targeted Everton's Marouane Fellaini as the man he needs to bring the Premier League title back to Arsenal.

Daily Mirror, June 13 - Everton's Belgium international Marouane Fellaini wants a move to London - but Arsenal are unwilling to meet a £23m release clause.

Daily Star Sunday, June 9 - Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Napoli all want Everton star Marouane Fellaini.

The People, June 9 - Roberto Martinez is convinced that Marouane Fellaini will stay at Everton despite his £24m buy-out clause.

Top Tweets

Oddschecker, June 25 (@Oddschecker) - Marouane Fellaini now as big as 4/1 to remain at #EFC. Arsenal 4/5 to sign him

Sky Bet, June 6 (@SkyBet) - We've slashed the odds on Arsenal signing Marouane Fellaini from 16/1 to 6/4 following a run of bets this evening

OptaJoe, March 17 (@OptaJoe) - 67 - Grant Holt has now joined Marouane Fellaini as the players to have committed the most fouls in the PL this season. Aggro.

Video

December 2012 - this Fellaini fan was in a dancing mood ahead of Everton's game at Stoke as she provided her own rendition of the Gangnam Style dance!


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