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.
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346 Posted 21/06/2013 at 20:16:22
349 Posted 21/06/2013 at 20:26:47
350 Posted 21/06/2013 at 20:27:55
355 Posted 21/06/2013 at 20:41:40
356 Posted 21/06/2013 at 20:45:27
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.
357 Posted 21/06/2013 at 20:56:08
360 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:14:57
361 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:13:16
362 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:06:40
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.
364 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:19:58
If it goes through then there will be some pressure on Martinez to spend the money wisely.
Could be an exciting transfer window!
367 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:19:58
368 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:17:15
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.
369 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:29:53
371 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:31:25
Strength in depth is the key to challenging for a European spot. Lets just hope RM doesn't have his "favourites" like Moyes.
373 Posted 21/06/2013 at 21:42:54
376 Posted 21/06/2013 at 22:20:47
377 Posted 21/06/2013 at 22:18:16
379 Posted 21/06/2013 at 22:17:43
Fellaini always provides options when less skillful and smaller players can't.
380 Posted 21/06/2013 at 22:28:55
394 Posted 21/06/2013 at 23:36:36
400 Posted 22/06/2013 at 01:19:17
410 Posted 22/06/2013 at 08:53:09
If we can keep him for the world cup I wouldn't be surprised if his value went up again.
412 Posted 22/06/2013 at 09:01:26
417 Posted 22/06/2013 at 09:38:10
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)
419 Posted 22/06/2013 at 09:57:39
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.
420 Posted 22/06/2013 at 10:06:33
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.
FELLAINI'S 2012-13 SEASON
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.
425 Posted 22/06/2013 at 10:18:07
427 Posted 22/06/2013 at 10:19:11
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.
429 Posted 22/06/2013 at 10:30:14
431 Posted 22/06/2013 at 10:46:28
436 Posted 22/06/2013 at 11:30:37
440 Posted 22/06/2013 at 12:08:11
448 Posted 22/06/2013 at 13:40:21
QPR brought many players into the club, but were still relegated.
One reason cited, the players could not really get on with each other.
451 Posted 22/06/2013 at 13:52:34
452 Posted 22/06/2013 at 13:49:12
If Fellaini and Heitinga leave, that's around £30m (BK's words, not mine) for Martinez to spend to strengthen the team.
454 Posted 22/06/2013 at 13:50:41
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
455 Posted 22/06/2013 at 14:13:27
458 Posted 22/06/2013 at 14:15:02
479 Posted 22/06/2013 at 16:06:45
498 Posted 22/06/2013 at 17:37:51
505 Posted 22/06/2013 at 17:54:09
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....
544 Posted 22/06/2013 at 20:15:24
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?
573 Posted 22/06/2013 at 21:57:28
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.
592 Posted 22/06/2013 at 23:39:45
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.
834 Posted 24/06/2013 at 00:02:18
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...
867 Posted 24/06/2013 at 09:10:45
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.
897 Posted 24/06/2013 at 12:57:58
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