Interesting news has emerged in the Football Transfer Tavern as Mirror Football suggest that Arsenal and Manchester United have only one month left to sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini at his bargain £23.5 million price.
The paper reports that the Belgian’s buy-out clause in his contract at Goodison Park expires on August 14 whereby the Toffees will demand in excess of £30 million for the player who will still has three years left to run on his current deal.
Former Everton boss David Moyes was the man behind the deadline which was negotiated into Fellaini’s 2011 contract extension after he lost Joleon Lescott to Manchester City in the summer of 2009 to make sure the club have time and sufficient funds to replace the 25-year-old should he depart Merseyside.
A source close to Fellaini said: “Marouane respects the terms of the agreement he signed with Everton and has good moral standards. It is up to the club how they act.”
In full knowledge of the buy out clause, Moyes has one month to step up his chase for the big-haired midfielder with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger also extremely interested.
The clock is now ticking for the two Premier League clubs with Fellani currently in Austria with the Everton squad as he prepares for a new season with Roberto Martinez’s new side.