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£50M Fellaini deal too rich for Arsenal

25/06/2013 | Comments (35)
Arsenal are believed to be uncomfortable about committing somewhere in the region of £50 million on Marouane Fellaini, who is apparently seeking a wage of £100k per week. The value of that commitment over five years would similar to the transfer fee required to trigger the rumoured buy-out clause in the Belgian's current contract with Everton.

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Ingi Eyjolfz
223 Posted 25/06/2013 at 16:42:13
Fellaini really should come forward and state weather he wants to stay with us or not. If he wants to leave I would like to offload him as soon as possible to bring in new players, if not then I would love him to stay and keep on building the squad.
John Brennan
224 Posted 25/06/2013 at 16:42:27
Fellaini does not have the slightest intention of leaving Everton.
When will these jackanapes get it through their heads that EFC are due to win the Premiership in 2014?
This guy knows where his bread is buttered, and he knows hes going to win things under Roberto.
Onwards and upwards, EFC !!!
Sharabi Singh
225 Posted 25/06/2013 at 16:44:31
Arsenal are uncomfortable spending £50, let alone £50 mill!!

If he goes then ok we will get a good price, but I'd like to think of Everton as more than a feeder club.

Robert Collins
232 Posted 25/06/2013 at 17:17:58
John @ 224

I hope so mate. I'd settle for sorting the other lot out in the derby though and higher finish than them.

David Hallwood
239 Posted 25/06/2013 at 17:43:41
In the tonight's Echo they've linked us with Honda, and they get it more wrong than right. But perhaps Fellani is on his way.
Sam Hoare
241 Posted 25/06/2013 at 17:51:23
I really like Fellaini and rate him highly. Yet i've got to the point now where I think I want him to leave.

Perhaps because it feels inevitable that he will at some point so I would rather get it over and done with. Or perhaps it's because i'm curious to see what Roberto could do with 25m. No Boselli's please!

Jon Ferguson
247 Posted 25/06/2013 at 18:01:34
I'll have some of whatever John Brennan - 224, is on please.
Phil Walling
250 Posted 25/06/2013 at 18:06:58
Greedy bastard ! He`ll just have to try and make do with the poxy £75K a week he gets here. How he`ll manage,I don`t know!
One thing is for certain,if he doesn`t move,he`s fucked up Roberto`s transfer fund.
Back to the freebies on 31 August.
Denis Richardson
253 Posted 25/06/2013 at 18:17:44
When you put it like that, I don't blame them. As good as Fellaini is, he's not worth an outlay of 50m over 5 years!!

Guess it will come down to how much he really wants CL football or if he's jusst after the cash (not as if 75ka week is a pittance!).

Arteta was willing to take a 5k a week cut to go to the Arse - I expect that Fellaini will go too but Arsenal wont pay 100k in wages for him.

Either way, I cannot see him here next season so hope the deal is done sooner than later - with whoever it may be. (At least if sooner we get his wages off our wage bill and save a couple of hundered grand!)

Mark Frere
254 Posted 25/06/2013 at 18:06:30
Robert Collins- I wish you and so many others would stop worrying so much about the RS, its nice to have the bragging rights but lets not see it as something which defines our season. I'm much more interested in how we fair in the cup competitions and top4
Jim Knightley
257 Posted 25/06/2013 at 18:39:17
Considering that Arsenal's wage bill was around 143million last season...I don't think an extra 5million will scare them too much. I also expect Fellaini would accept less than a 100,000 for a move to a top four club, especially as he is on 75,000 at the moment.
Steve Cotton
266 Posted 25/06/2013 at 19:12:45
how come Arsenal want him one minute, then completely rebuff the idea, only to be about to sign him in 48 hours the next, to saying his wages are too high????

stop beating about the fucking bush!!!!! when you activate his get out of jail fee the other big boys will step in anyway so for God's sake make your mind up, I don't want another month of will they wont they changing every day.

Phil Sammon
268 Posted 25/06/2013 at 19:22:02
Hmm, Steve, I think you need to take paper talk a little less seriously.
Robert Collins
274 Posted 25/06/2013 at 19:32:12
Mark Frere @ 254

Mark, If we're going to come anywhere near the top 4, beating the unmentionables will help, they're one of our main competitors?

Also it would be massively good for moral amongst the troops!

Paul Andrews
276 Posted 25/06/2013 at 19:45:32
Steve 266,

Any prospective buyer just needs to sit back, wait for the ructions to start because we haven't signed anyone, then make an offer of less than £24 million, probably around £18-20 million.

Our financial state is common knowledge in football, prospective buyers know we will not buy any significant players until we sell.

Who will blink first? My money's on Kenwright.

Mark Frere
279 Posted 25/06/2013 at 19:49:52
It will probably help our chances of top 4 if we beat the RS Robert, the same logic will probably apply to beating Spurs and Arsenal as well.

Robert- if beating the RS is what you see as a successful season, then that's okay by me, but I have higher aspirations for my beloved club.

Ross Edwards
296 Posted 25/06/2013 at 21:25:45
£50million for Fellaini? If I was Wenger, I would rather spend that on Cavani, Rooney or a player of that similar ability.
Robert Collins
341 Posted 25/06/2013 at 23:19:33
Mark Frere @ 279

Mark, if we finish above the unmentionables that will probably mean we're in 5th or above next season, that to me is a successful 1st season under RM.

And for your info, I will always want to stuff them in a derby (as they do us), I don't know any blue other than yourself who is content with a negative result against them.

Bobby Thomas
355 Posted 26/06/2013 at 00:17:35
As soon as anyone meets that clause figure Bobby Elstone will drive him there himself.
Paul Ferry
356 Posted 26/06/2013 at 00:21:37
This is what I can't stand; pathetic incorrect pops:

(341) I don't know any blue other than yourself who is content with a negative result against them.

There is not a single word om Mark Frere (279) to justify this sad and silly slur.

Unless, that is to say, I have missed something subtle. Perhaps Robert, you might produce the exact words/wording in Mark's post that made you feel the need to spout this (I think) utter fantasy gibberish?

These misrepresentations/distortions/flat falsehoods pop up over and over again and, usually, when challenged, the perpetrator - in this case Mr. Robert Collins - do not appear on here to justify what they said.

So, Robert ....... ?

Mark Knight
359 Posted 26/06/2013 at 00:33:31
50m for Rooney @296,are you sure??
Harold Matthews
371 Posted 26/06/2013 at 01:07:21
Higuain will want £120k a week at least.

Don't get all this talk about Top 4. Has no-one noticed the host of star players being mopped up by our richer rivals?
Who are we getting? David Blane and Dynamo???

Eric Myles
389 Posted 26/06/2013 at 06:38:40
He should do what Arteta did and take a cut in salary to go there.
Chad Schofield
398 Posted 26/06/2013 at 07:45:44
Ingi, did he not say exactly that two weeks ago?

£100k per week on a 5 year contract is hardly greedy when you consider what other pkayers earn... yes it's an astronomical sum, but put into the context of his peers it is not. Man City's Yaya Toure earns 2.5 times that amount, and has done for two years odd.

Whether I think it's right is a very different question. But it's naive to think he's greedy.

Robert Collins
472 Posted 26/06/2013 at 13:29:18
Paul Ferry @ 356

"this sad and silly slur" .............. "utter fantasy gibberish?" ........ "These misrepresentations/distortions/flat falsehoods" ....... " the perpetrator - in this case Mr. Robert Collins"

When does the official litigation start?


Paul, any stranger looking at your above hyperbole, might think that I had accused Mark Frere of some terrible bestial crime such as chicken molestation or spending unaccountable time with sheep in the dead of night and then disappeared so as not to substantiate my allegations.


You Said:

"Unless, that is to say, I have missed something subtle."

Yes Paul, I think you missed the implicit meaning (between the lines) within Mark Frere's statement.

And I also believe you haven't absorbed my statements either.


My logic I believe is correct, LFC will probably improve on last season and if we finish ahead of them we might be in the top 4, even if we lose to Spurs/Arsenal?

Paul & Mark, I want to beat everyone we play, but I, like nearly all blues derive a special charge/pump/thrill when we sort them out ( especially at Anfield). I just can't understand "one of ours" who rates beating Spurs or WBA etc the same as beating the other lot.

Paul Ferry
494 Posted 26/06/2013 at 15:57:44
You didn't answer the question I asked: Robert: what did mark exactly say that led you to this false conclusion?
Jack Cross
509 Posted 26/06/2013 at 17:17:57
Mark Frere. I. agree with you mate. RS are just another team in the league, If we beat them great. But we should be thinking were we are going to finish not RS.>As for Feli let him go, and bring in some cash. I think he is over rated anyway and certainly not irreplaceable. It proves he is only interested in a bigger wedge unlike Artetta who took a drop in wages to move to Arsenal. But with there sponcers and bonuses whatever else they get for not doing a great deal. They live very securely anyway..
Jack Cross
515 Posted 26/06/2013 at 17:30:02
Robert Collins. How do you make that out mate? If we finish in 5th place it will mean that we probably finish above RS? We finished above them last year and the year before but we were not in 5th place. I just can't get your logic. Are you saying that the new players that they are bringing in will make a drastic change to the last two seasons? Because I can't see that. S
Mike Hall
530 Posted 26/06/2013 at 18:05:20
A player who drives a Corsa is demanding £100k a week?
Mark Frere
547 Posted 26/06/2013 at 18:23:43
Robert Collins (341)

If you read my post:(254) I clearly say " its nice to have the bragging rights" doesn't this comment suggest to you that I want a positive result in the derby match?


My original argument was to your post: (232) " I'd settle for sorting the other lot out in the derby though and higher finish than them." That suggested to me that you were satisfied with beating the RS and finishing above them in the league, unless iv'e grossly misunderstood your original statement?

Like Paul Ferry correctly says, don't spout utter fantasy about me!

Robert Collins
598 Posted 26/06/2013 at 20:13:41
ack Cross @ 515 and Mark Frere @ 547

I'll explain one last time.

LFC have had some seasons that are stinkers recently, but don't expect that to last for too long, they will pull it together (Rodgers is no mug).

We start afresh next season and to be honest I expect them to finish above us this time around. They're going to be atleast 6th this time and as I said before and still maintain if we finish above them next season we will probably be 5th or 4th. So my logic stands up.

Mark, can you see the logic, most bookies would agree with my logic?

When I said I'd settle for beating them in the derby and finishing above them, that would get us into Europe and if you check the odds being offered by the bookies they all favour LFC finishing above us.

The logic is simple to follow.

Mark Frere
609 Posted 26/06/2013 at 21:00:39
John Collins- I don't think the RS will be any sronger than Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs. So if we finish above the RS we should be able to expect a 6th place finish. I can see a little bit of logic in what you are saying though, but at what point did I say I didn't want a positive result against the RS?

I would rather you accuse me of molesting chickens and shagging sheep, rather than accusing me of wanting us to lose against the RS

Robert Collins
672 Posted 26/06/2013 at 23:28:08
Mark Frere @ 609

I didn't say LFC are as good or stronger than Man Utd, Man City etc?

I said I believe LFC will be good enough to finish at least 6th and thus, if we were to finish above them, we should really be in Europe and doing very well. Although I don't think it will happen, we're team-building now, just like them, but they're a year or two ahead.

"Robert — if beating the RS is what you see as a successful season, then that's okay by me, but I have higher aspirations for my beloved club."

I can't argue with the "but I have higher aspirations" part of your thinking (we both want to climb the league), I suppose you've just placed a different value on beating the other lot, but my thinking says it's become important for us recently to get back into winning ways against them. They are no longer world beaters, they're now at our level and competing with us for the same positions in the Prem.

Just watch morale go through the roof if we should sort them out next season; it will have a knock-on effect that will give us confidence; confident teams are usually winning teams. They are only worth 3 points to us, just like WBA, Norwich etc, in the cold light of day, but the overall effect is much greater and it is to them as well.

Don't believe a word of it when they lose to us and say they're fuck all or nothing special, they got lucky, it fucking depresses and lowers their morale. It's more important than ever since we're competing for the same league places. I promise you this will be their mindset this coming season.

Can we split the difference and say we both want to finish ahead of them, but maybe by different routes? And I'll take back the negative result comment?

Mark Frere
680 Posted 26/06/2013 at 23:31:00
Yes I'll go with that, Robert, to be honest I can't believe this has got so out of hand, after all we both have our beloved club's best interests at heart.
Robert Collins
689 Posted 26/06/2013 at 23:48:18
Fair enough mate.

To think the RS can cause us grief amongst each other, even in the closed season.

Come on Roberto sort them out.

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