Reliable source L'Equipe, Everton are about to release their star midfielder Marouane Fellaini, to join the reigning Champions of Europe Chelsea, for a fee of around £27 million.
It was widely reported on Tuesday that Chelsea were set to trigger a clause of £22 million for Fellaini, which does not come in to play until the summer and could only be activated by a Champions League club, meaning The Blues would have to wait until the summer and secure European qualification. The latest reports on Wednesday suggest that Chelsea want the player sooner than this and are about to complete a £27 million deal for him.
The 25-year-old midfielder has been pursued by Chelsea for a couple of years now and with the prospect of veteran Frank Lampard leaving this summer, Fellaini would be seen as his replacement. The Belgium International has good versatility to be able to play as a holding midfilder, centre midfielder, attacking midfielder and as a target man, which is why Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich seems so desperate to land his man this month.
The source suggests that a deal will be completed by the end of the week and neither club have come out to deny any such links. They also state that Manchester United would like to sign Fellaini, but it is looking more likely he will be moving to Chelsea, after the long awaited deal looks close to completion finally.
With the London club already adding the fire power and physical presence of Demba Ba from Newcastle up front for £7.5 million, it looks as if they wish to add a similar stature to the midfield in the shape of the big presence of Fellaini.
Everton manager David Moyes has maintained that Fellaini is in contract at Everton and the player himself agreed to honour it, but it seems the latest developments might just see both parties admitting defeat with the club allowing him to leave. There is no doubt Fellaini's departure will leave a huge gap in Everton's midfield, but known for his good cheap investments, Moyes has until the end of the month to potentially bring in a replacement.988908