Arsenal are expected to finally launch a £24million bid to sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.Arsene Wenger has been tracking Fellaini for some time as he looks to bolster his team’s physical presence in midfield.
Having seemingly secured a deal to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain for a club record £22m fee the Evening Standard today reports that Arsene Wenger will look to better that mark with a £23m move for Everton star Marouane Fellaini.
The Arsenal boss is clearly ready and willing to fork out large sums on established talents even if this is somewhat against his character. Wenger had hoped to be able to bring in the 25 year old Belgian Fellaini for a lesser fee but it is believed that the Toffees will refuse to sell the goal-scoring midfielder for anything less than his reported transfer release clause.
Arsenal’s chances of luring Fellaini to the Emirates have been given a boost by Man United’s pursuit of Thiago Alcantara of Barcelona. The Daily Mail reports that the 22-year-old Spanish midfielder has agreed personal terms at Old Trafford and United are on the verge of sealing a £17m deal. That means David Moyes will drop his interest in Fellaini.
The 25-year-old has made no secret of his desire to appear in the Champions League, and is open to a move away from Goodison following David Moyes’s departure to Manchester United last month.
Wenger has not adequately replaced Alex Song, who left for Barcelona last summer, and Abou Diaby continues to suffer with injuries and poor form whilst Mikel Arteta, who was used primarily in a holding role in 2012/13, would benefit from the presence of a tough midfield partner who could also offer protection to the likes of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.
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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.
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.
The Everton man would be a worthy counterbalance to the craft and technique of Arsenal’s existing midfield trio, with the ball retention of Mikel Arteta and the creativity of Jack Wilshere.
Should we sign Fellaini?