The lanky Belgian, who has become a cult hero on Merseyside and is Everton’s record-signing, is a target for Real, who are looking to increase their squad depth as they attempt to close the gap on all-conquering arch-rivals, Barcelona.
Fellaini has made quite an impact since arriving at Goodison in 2007; the €17million midfielder is known to be excellent in the air and strong in the tackle, with a certain fondness for errant elbows. At 6’4″, Fellaini is an imposing presence on the pitch, whose combative attitude and aerial ability has made him a feared opponent and now a supposed target of the world’s biggest club.
Real Madrid are apparently keen to improve their options in midfield but the 9-time European Champions will face competition from Chelsea for the feisty Belgian. Roman Abramovich is keen for the Chelsea squad to be extensively improved in the summer, and with an ageing team, the 23-year-old Everton man could be a long-term prospect in the Blues’ midfield. At the moment though, Madrid are apparently leading the race for Fellaini.
While David Moyes would no doubt be loath to lose such an important and influential player, he understands better than anyone that Everton are in very difficult times financially and, as such, an offer of this magnitude would almost certainly be accepted by the club’s board.
It is unknown whether Fellaini himself is seeking a move away from Goodison Park, but the player’s father has weighed in with his own unhelpful and rather optimistic comments,
“The big clubs can see what a good job Marouane is doing and that is why Chelsea are following him intensively. In his position he’d get into the starting XI at any big club.”
Now as speculative rumours go, this is certainly an entertaining one, but how much credence can be put in it is another thing altogether. Personally, it seems to me unlikely that Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid are willing to spend such a vast sum of money (although money isn’t usually much of an object for them admittedly) on the Belgian, when he would be up against the likes of Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira and Lassana Diarra for a place in the Madrid team. Squad depth is all very well and Fellaini is still young, but I doubt the rangy midfielder would be a first-choice in front of those players any time soon, and to sit on the bench after such a move would surely not benefit him or Real.
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