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Round 2 for Fellaini rumours

21/06/2013 | Comments (48)
Reports linking Arsenal with a club-record bid for Marouane Fellaini are gathering pace again as the media speculate that Arsene Wenger is embarking on an uncharacteristic spending spree.

The Gunners will apparently turn their attentions to Everton's star midfielder once they have secured the £22m acquisition of Gonzalo Higuain.

Though Everton sources insist Fellaini's release clause is closer to £26m, rumours on Merseyside and press reports continue to suggest that Arsenal are set to offer just south of £24m for the Belgian.

Original Source: Liverpool Daily Post  Rumour source ranking:
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Chris Gould
346 Posted 21/06/2013 at 20:16:22
Stay or go, but get it sorted bloody soon!!
John Beesley
349 Posted 21/06/2013 at 20:26:47
We should tell that old woman Arsene to pay up in full by July 1st or forget it.
Geoff Freeman
350 Posted 21/06/2013 at 20:27:55
£23.5m will do for us as long as long as R M gets the bulk of it to spend on new players.
Mark Tanton
355 Posted 21/06/2013 at 20:41:40
Sell him - rebuild. Do it sooner rather than later.
Mark Frere
356 Posted 21/06/2013 at 20:45:27
Assuming the offer of £23.5m is true, and his release clause of £26m is true, I think we can afford to wait at least 3 more weeks for some other club to enter the bidding.

I've said many times though, Fellaini is a luxury we can afford to lose, if selling Fellaini means Martinez can sign 3-4 quality players then I'm all for it.

Ian Bennett
357 Posted 21/06/2013 at 20:56:08
Don't take Arteta back. £22m plus Ramsey.
Kunal Desai
360 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:14:57
Ramsey?? No thanks, unless they are willing to throw in Wilshere, which is not going to happen, then cash only please!
Steavey Buckley
361 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:13:16
Fellaini's 12 goals last season were a vital must. If he goes then he needs to be replaced with someone else who can score them. £24,25, 26 million is not a lot when there is no-one else.
James Elworthy
362 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:06:40
None of this Fellaini nonsense comes from reputable sources, one of those transfer tattle sites say it and then the same story appears on similar ones such as Teamtalk, Caught Offside, Fanatix etc etc. He will stay until January at least if not use the £23m plus Hetinga's sale to buy Fer, a centre back, a wide player and a striker.

We also need a second keeper and ideally another striker. I am hoping the England U20 striker Chris Long will break through this season as well as John Lundstram.

Sam Hoare
364 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:19:58
Agree with those saying that whatever happens we could do with it happening in the next few weeks.

If it goes through then there will be some pressure on Martinez to spend the money wisely.

Could be an exciting transfer window!

Paul Ellam
367 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:19:58
I hope that if the release clause is activated we get the whole amount at once. Would not be happy if it somehow involves instalments!
Mark Frere
368 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:17:15
Steavey Buckley

Fellaini's 12 goals were a detriment to the rest of the team, because him playing the advanced role didn't do Jelavic any favours or any other players trying to score goals.

£26m is a lot of money for someone like Martinez, its a luxury he never had at Wigan. Martinez signed some terrific players at Wigan for little money, players like: McCarthey, Kone and Diame. Martinez is a magician in the transfer market and with money from Fellaini sale, Sky money and money left over from January, he should be able to work miracles in the transfer market.

Ian Bennett
369 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:29:53
Kunal, the kids progress is stifled at the Arse, but he'd be a good box to box option for us. Available if they sign Fellaini, and half the price of McCarthy, I reckon he fits the bill.
James Morgan
371 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:31:25
I think if we sell the big man I think actually need about six/seven players to come in. Two midfielders, another keeper, another striker, a right back, a wide man and a centre half if Heitinga goes.

Strength in depth is the key to challenging for a European spot. Lets just hope RM doesn't have his "favourites" like Moyes.

Mal Christopher
373 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:42:54
Ian, I agree; Ramsey would be good for us.
Levi Flanagan
376 Posted 21/06/2013 at 22:20:47
Couldn't care anymore, he's obviously going, so let him go, I wouldn't mind Sessegnon and McCarthy with that money, even though I'd still rather have Fellaini.
Mark Frere
377 Posted 21/06/2013 at 22:18:16
I don't think Ramsey has quite fulfilled his potential, mainly due to that horrific leg break suffered at the hands of that yard dog Shawcross. £26 million cash and no player exchange will do just fine.
Steavey Buckley
379 Posted 21/06/2013 at 22:17:43
Mark Frere: It will be a sad day when Everton have to get rid of Fellaini for the likes of Jelavic. Fellaini was 12th in the top 50 players in Europe.

Fellaini always provides options when less skillful and smaller players can't.

James Elworthy
380 Posted 21/06/2013 at 22:28:55
We have Coleman, Hibbert and Stones we don't need a right back
Jack Okell
394 Posted 21/06/2013 at 23:36:36
Typical tight-arse Wenger will drag his heels bidding on any big money player. Who's to say Fellaini will want to go to Arsenal even if they match the clause. There's no doubt he will be off this season, but surely he would be playing alongside Wilshere, rather than in Cazorla's position.

Eric Myles
400 Posted 22/06/2013 at 01:19:17
Selling Fellaini is the only chance the manager has of getting funds for transfers so he may as well bite the bullet and get it over with.
Jon Withey
410 Posted 22/06/2013 at 08:53:09
He's a match winner and unlike any other player in the Perm - an unplayable presence on his day and decent even when not. Personally I think he is a bargain at £23m, we should be asking for more.

If we can keep him for the world cup I wouldn't be surprised if his value went up again.

Brian Waring
412 Posted 22/06/2013 at 09:01:26
If Fellaini is as good as some make out on here, why then has no one ever make a solid bid for him? All the so called interest only comes from the media and rumours.
Andrew Bone
417 Posted 22/06/2013 at 09:38:10
I'm sorry, but if the release clause is £26 million why are we reported to be willing to negotiate the fee. If it is £26 million then it is £26 million. Don't take less than that. Arsenal really piss me off with the way they do business. I know it is all part of the game, but I really hope BK tells them to do one if they come in with a late bid to unsettle the team.

Personally I am not bothered whether he stays or not. On his day he is unplayable, but he is not really a dynamic play maker. Our points total also wasn't too bad when he was suspended last year.

Ramsey would flourish at Everton. I remember the last England V Wales qualifier when he and Bale were awesome. I wouldn't mind him as small make weight in the deal as it means we have a position covered with little to effort or risk of not bringing someone in.

Lee Cattermole told he can leave - would he be worth a punt if he was cheap? (squad player and younger than Osman)

Jon Ferguson
419 Posted 22/06/2013 at 09:57:39
It's a shame that we don't have any bargaining power due to the release clause (which I don't blame the club for, if they hasn't got him to sign that contract he might have left for free). If he's going it needs to be now but there's nothing we can do about it. I've heard the release fee is either, 22, 24 or 26 mil.

If Arsenal bid 24 and 26 is the release I'd just take it in order to have the time to select the right replacements. That money needs to go on a striker, winger and midfielder. Vydra, Redmond, Fer?

If we manage to offload Heitinga and Gueye then we could use that money for a replacement centre back. If not getting Alcaraz in for free is a good stop gap.

If this was to come off, with Martinez saying he'll give our youth a chance (Barkley, Lundstram, Duffy, Stones and Long), then I think we could possibly have the strength in depth to challenge for 4th.

Ian Bennett
420 Posted 22/06/2013 at 10:06:33
Goal are reporting the fee has been activated, but like Arteta have offered Fellaini lower wages. How to feel wanted eh?

22 Jun 2013 07:20:00
The Gunners, who have activated the Belgian's release clause, are talking to his camp and will open formal discussions with the midfielder when given permission by Everton

By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Arsenal have made Marouane Fellaini a contract offer as they set their sights on sealing a deal for the Everton midfielder, Goal can reveal.


The Gunners, who have already activated the Belgian’s £22 million release clause, are believed to have proposed to his representatives a starting salary of £70,000-a-week.

This is less than Fellaini’s current £75,000-a-week wage at Goodison Park but Arsenal are expected to increase their informal offer during further discussions with the player’s camp.

Peter Foy
425 Posted 22/06/2013 at 10:18:07
Hold out for a bidding war, pay off the debt or rebuild the Bullens. Sky money and Heitinga sale on new players.
Sam Hoare
427 Posted 22/06/2013 at 10:19:11
I think Ramsey (depending in how high they valued him) would be a great signing. He's only 22 and is an experienced and highly intelligent footballer. I think 20m plus Ramsey would be decent business.

If fella goes then we really need to replace his height as we are quite a small team physically. Signing Fer and playing Barkley instead of Osman might help to that end.

Peter Warren
429 Posted 22/06/2013 at 10:30:14
Hope we keep Fellaini provided he is motivated as he's a class player and will be extremely difficult to replace
Martin Berry
431 Posted 22/06/2013 at 10:46:28
We'll never win anything if we sell all our best players especially to rival clubs..
Jim Harrison
436 Posted 22/06/2013 at 11:30:37
Peter Foy#425, Spot on! Played fine without him when he was banned. Get the cash in and invest in getting the club debt free. I don't think the banks will allow early pay off so try and increase revenue through increasing capacity.
Jon Ferguson
440 Posted 22/06/2013 at 12:08:11
Peter 425 - there can't be a bidding war. If Arsenal offer the release fee and then even if Chelsea or Utd offered more, we can't reject the Arsenal offer because they offered the release fee. No club will offer more than the release fee because they don't have to. The only bidding war will be over the wages Fellaini requests.
Steavey Buckley
448 Posted 22/06/2013 at 13:40:21
Selling the better players and bringing more into the club does not make a team.

QPR brought many players into the club, but were still relegated.

One reason cited, the players could not really get on with each other.

James Stewart
451 Posted 22/06/2013 at 13:52:34
£22m for Higuain – Christ, they have been done! That guy makes Jelavic look fast!
Colin Glassar
452 Posted 22/06/2013 at 13:49:12
I want Fellaini to stay but, if he's going to go, I hope it's sooner rather than later. Pre-season starts soon and it's always better if you can have the players who will be staying (remember the Lescott farce?).

If Fellaini and Heitinga leave, that's around £30m (BK's words, not mine) for Martinez to spend to strengthen the team.

Mark Frere
454 Posted 22/06/2013 at 13:50:41
Steavey Buckley

Like it or not we are a sell to buy club and that isn't going to change anytime soon, especially with this shambles of a board at the helm. We must evaluate our options. In my opinion we need to sell Fellaini because we could sign 3-4 quality players with the money.

Moyes was mostly good in signing the right players in the transfer market, lets hope RM is even better, especially where strikers are concerned.

As for all your talk about QPR bringing in new players Steavey, there was no team spirit at QPR and Mark Hughes just brought in a bunch of mercenaries who were more interested in making a quick buck, rather then steering QPR in the right direction

Martinez did talk before about how important it is to bring the right characters to Everton. Team spirit is vital for a team like us and I think RMs comments were a breath of fresh air

James Cadwaladr
455 Posted 22/06/2013 at 14:13:27
Andrew Bone - Lee Cattermole? What planet are you on?
Mark Frere
458 Posted 22/06/2013 at 14:15:02
I agree James, Lee Cattermole..... WTF!
Andrew Bone
479 Posted 22/06/2013 at 16:06:45
Always like to put a gem in there. If he isn't good enough for west ham he should be in the championship I suppose. Dont know what I was thinking....heavy night last night and an early post.
Mike Gaynes
498 Posted 22/06/2013 at 17:37:51
That's what you get for posting sleepy, Andrew. But you certainly woke everybody else up with that one.
Ian Glassey
505 Posted 22/06/2013 at 17:54:09
It looks like he is on the way, so lets get it done and get some players in.

How about Joel Robles on loan to put Howard under pressure.

Manga £4.5m cover for Jags and Buzz.

Fer £8m Malanda £4m for cm.

Redmond £3m lw/rw.

And two lads banging them in in Belgium, Jelly Vossen £8m and Carlos Bacca £5m. Sales and Boys Pen Bills few bob should cover that....

Barry Lambert
544 Posted 22/06/2013 at 20:15:24
I watched that incredible Italy-Japan match the other night. I may be wrong but I'm sure the commentator mentioned that Honda is soon to be out of contract... What a player he looks. Did anybody else pick that up?

By the way, Nathan Redmond is a cracking young talent in the Oxlade-Chamberlain mould. I would love to see him at Goodison Park... What do you think?

Callum McNab
573 Posted 22/06/2013 at 21:57:28
Just a question: why do you think the Arsehole wants Fellaini?
Jay Harris
579 Posted 22/06/2013 at 22:09:37

Because the media tell them they do and it sells newspapers to go on about how big Arsenal's war chest is and how poor Everton can't afford not to sell.

Callum McNab
592 Posted 22/06/2013 at 23:39:45
Jay, I get that point; what I mean is they must be interested in him to strengthen their team, and surely we must be weakening ours. We did the same many years ago with Keown. They went on to have the best defence in years.

Also, why is it again that we are selling before we buy? Where is the £60 million gone that everyone has got from the TV rights. I would just say to them all, give us to the January window, and if it hasn't worked out, then you can leave.

Just my ten-penneth, I know loads will disagree, but I am sick to death of watching the Blues for nearly 50 years and the same crap happens over and over again. We build something which is on the verge of doing something good, and then rip it all apart and start again.

Alan Smith
834 Posted 24/06/2013 at 00:02:18
Is right, Callum!

Anyone wanting to sell our best player to Arsenal, to bring in 4 crap players ,is nuts.... makes no sense at all. The only way to improve our club is by trying to beat Arsenal to fourth, however unlikely...

Tom Owen
867 Posted 24/06/2013 at 09:10:45
I agree with Callum 100%... Similar in age too!

I sound like a cracked record when I add my bit on TW but there is only one person t blame for our demise — Mr W Kenwright.

Ross Edwards
897 Posted 24/06/2013 at 12:57:58
Did someone say that we should sign LEE CATTERMOLE??????

Deary me.

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