Arsenal are still keen to do a deal with Everton for Marouane Fellaini but are reluctant to break the bank to land the midfielder.The Belgium international is known to be on Arsene Wenger’s wanted list while the player is also keen to move to the Emirates Stadium and play Champions League football next season.
With Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain on the verge of joining in a £22million move, the Gunners will now focus on strengthening their midfield with Fellaini being top on their list.
The Daily Mail is reporting that the Everton midfielder would love to make the move to North London but the Gunners are not too keen to break their wage structure, even though they would meet his £22million release clause.
The 25-year-old, who currently earns in the region of £75,000-per-week at Everton, wants a hefty increase on his current weekly wage with the player demanding wages in the region of £100,000.From Arsenal’s current squad, only Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski are earning £100,000-per-week.
Along with his wage demands, Arsenal would also be required to meet Fellaini’s £22million release clause – which could see the cost of the deal spiral to as much as £50million.While Arsenal chiefs are keen on securing Fellaini’s services this summer, it is understood there is reluctance to meet those financial demands.
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Wenger is reluctant to pay that kind of money and will check out alternative targets before making a final decision on the player, who is also said to be a target for Chelsea.
Fellaini is a proven Premier League performer at an ideal age and brings with him a plethora of skills and that’s not even talking about the goals bonus Fellaini offers, having been a regular scorer throughout his career including 12 goals for Everton last term. There’s no doubt Fellaini would be a costly player to acquire, but there’s equally few doubts that he could settle in perfectly at Arsenal.
At 6’4″, he would add much-needed height and physicality, in addition to Olivier Giroud, to provide more power and a set-piece danger, while his ability to get stuck into tackles and dominate opponents could make Fellaini the type of cult figure not seen in the red and white since Patrick Vieira.