Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is said to be keen on a move to Arsenal, yet the Gunners appear to be hesitant to meet the Belgian’s £23 million release clause. Fellaini can leave for that fee to a club in the Champions League and he has also been linked with a reunion with former boss David Moyes at Manchester United.
Yet, the Daily Mirror reports that Fellaini is keen to move to London, with Arsene Wenger said to be interested. Arsenal, though, have failed to so far meet the player’s release clause and are apparently looking to negotiate a lower fee. Those reports will likely to be of concern to Arsenal fans, after it has been confirmed by chief executive Ivan Gazidis that there is significant funds with which to invest in the playing squad this summer.
Fellaini too, is arguably just the type of player that Arsenal require. With the departure of Alex Song last year and the continued injury nightmare for Abou Diaby, the Gunners lack a physical presence in midfield. Fellaini would provide that compliment to Arsenal’s other midfield talent, while also possessing adequate talent on the ball as well as an eye for goal.
With that requirement in mind, there have been reports of late that Arsenal could be set to bring Paul Pogba back to the Premier League. The young French midfielder joined Juventus on a free transfer from Manchester United last summer. Despite being a big success in his first season in Italy, speculation has swirled that the 20-year-old could be set for another move. But the France international has insisted that is not the case.
“I'm good at Juventus but I want to focus only on the World Cup,” he said, according to Sky Sports. "On my future I have no news, so of course I will stay at Juventus."
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Another reported Arsenal target, who claims not to be interested in a transfer in the upcoming transfer window, is Cesc Fabregas. The 26-year-old has been the source of reports claiming that he is discontented at the Camp Nou and would be open to a move back to the Premier League, with Arsenal as well as Manchester United said to be interested. But the former Gunners captain continues to reiterate that he is happy with the club he rejoined in 2011.
"I've always said that I'm happy at Barca,” he said, according to BBC Sport. “Whoever says that I'm leaving doesn't know me and has never spoken with me. If someone says I don't want to play at Barca, it's completely absurd."
One midfielder that is very much interested in joining the Gunners is Anzhi Makhachkala’s Odil Ahmedov. Not for the first time the Uzbekistan international has stated that Arsenal have been watching him and that he would welcome an approach. "It is true I have interest from Arsenal -- their scouts have watched me in every match this season," he said, according to TalkSport. "If I move there, I could be a huge success but there is no bid yet."