Transfer balls: Arsenal shatter Morouane Fellaini’s dreams and Manchester United get Belgian star for free
TRANSFER Balls: A look at Everton star Morouane Fellaini, as reported by media experts over the past week:
Liverpool Echo: “Martinez tells Fellaini to stay and inspire Blues – New Everton FC manager determined to hold on star midfielder”
How determined is he? Other reports suggest Everton are making ready for his departure (see below).
MANCHESTER United and Arsenal have just a month left to take advantage of Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini’s £23.5m buy-out clause.
If they don’t meet the asking price by 23 August, the asking price for the 25-year-old Belgian international could go up.
The reports from France also claim that the arrival of Diame could make it more likely that Marouane Fellaini is leaving Everton, although the fee of £3m hardly suggests he is a direct replacement.
If Diame cost more he would be a replacement, then?
And who wants Fellaini? Anyone..?
Mirror: “Manchester United and Arsenal running out of time to sign Marouane Fellaini from Everton”
The Belgian’s £23.5million buy-out clause expires on August 14 with the Toffees set to demand more than £30million for him after
So. They are not running out of time any more than every club and player is running out of time to act before the transfer season ends.
IBTimes: “…the 25-year-old’s release clause can only be activated till the 15th of August.”
Someone should check that contract.
Metro: “Could Clément Chantôme Replace Marouane Fellaini”
Dunno. Could he? And Fellaini is still at Everton.
The Liverpool Echo: “Everton FC pair Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines are set to be subject of a £40m bid from Manchester United as David Moyes steps up his push to raid his former club.”
Fellaini is available for £23.5m. United have bid £12m for Leighton Baines.
Fellaini’s £23.5m release clause expires on the 15th August and the 25-year-old fears that if Arsenal haven’t signed a new striker by that point, then he’ll miss out on what they say is his ‘dream’ move to north London
Why would United spend tens of millions for a player who dreams of playing for Arsenal?
Sky Sports: “Arsenal have revived their interest in Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and are planning a move for him this summer”
Kondogbia is billed as a player much like Fellaini.
GiveMeSport.com: “Arsenal & Manchester United can land ‘new Fellaini’ for free”
The new Fallaini? The Belgian is 25 years old. Do we need a new one? He’s not yet at his peak.
The Daily Mail says Arsenal and Manchester United should go for Bernard Malanda – dubbed the ‘new Marouane Fellaini’ – on a free transfer this summer.
Malanda has used Belgian employment law to cancel his contract with Zulte Waregem in the hope that he can secure a move to the Premier League or Bundesliga.
Malanda is a raw 18-year-old. He is not the new Fellaini. He is player with potential. And he’s free. So, Arsenal will probably sign him and play him in the League Cup.
The Gunners had a £30million offer for Suarez rejected by Liverpool last week, but still feel that he can be prised from Anfield this summer.
While their focus has switched to the Uruguayan, hopes of signing Higuain, plus midfielder Marouane Fellaini and goalkeeper Julio Cesar are fading.
Arsenal transfer budget: £75m.
Arsenal spend so far: Nil.
The ShortFuse.com: “Arsenal Already Have Their Fellaini”
The deal’s done?
Have a guess. Nope, it’s not Abou Diaby. Nope, it’s not Thomas Vermaelen either.
It’s Olivier Giroud
Play your top-scorer who can’t tackle in midfield. Someone tell Wenger. And see if Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh can jump and perm their hair.
Such are the facts.