Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Will Activate Marouane Fellaini's £22 Million Release Clause

There has been increased speculation over the years regarding Everton's midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Belgium International although staying commited to Everton, has said on a number of times that he does intend to move clubs.

One club who have been publicly following his progress are the reigning European Champions Chelsea, and as the latest reports suggest, the Blues are about to re-ignite their interest, in the shape of a £22 miilion offer, which will activate Fellaini's release clause.

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The Times Newspaper have sourced a story in the early hours of Tuesday morning, suggesting that the eccentric Belgium has an agreed clause in his contract to allow him to leave should the fee be matched, that was signed in 2011 and added to his initial contract that he signed on joining the club back in 2008.

The 25-year-old has continually been wanted by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and his advisors, but he had maintained that he would honour his contract with Everton, even though making it public knowledge that he did want to leave. Abramovich however, is ready to force a deal through this month, with the intention being to fit him in as Frank Lampard's long term replacement.

Lampard is leaving Chelsea in the summer, due to not being offered a new contract with the Stamford Bridge side. Abramovich wants to build a young team and will need someone of Fellaini's calibre to replace the large hole that will be left by club hero Lampard. This particular Russian billionaire demands success and allowing Lampard to leave is a bold decision, certainly one that will not see him on any Blues Christmas card list's for next year.

Fellaini is a key member of the Everton team and offers the perfect all round midfielder. He is physical, can defend and attack, scores goals, is good with the ball at his feet or in the air and has the passion to succeed. The type of player who would be sought after by any top European side. 

As well as being key for Everton, he is also a hugely important player for his country, who are seemingly going through a transition of their own, producing some of the worlds best current players along with Eden Hazard and Axel Witsel.