Arsenal meet release clause for Everton midfielder Fellaini

Arsenal have made an offer for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini that meets the release clause in the Belgian’s contract, ESPN has reported. It is claimed that the Gunners’ £22m bid for the player activates the clause that allows him to move to a Champions League team.

ESPN add that the clause rises to £24m for teams outside the Champions League and Fellaini has regularly been linked with clubs in the top four, with Chelsea mentioned as potential suitors. It has also been speculated that former Everton manager David Moyes wants to take Fellaini with him to Manchester United.

It was Moyes that signed Fellaini for Everton in 2008, paying a club record fee to Standard Liege for the player. And while Everton owner Bill Kenwright confirmed the existence of the clause in Fellaini’s contract – telling the Times it was included on Fellaini’s insistence but that he believes the player wants to stay at the club – left-back Leighton Baines will be offered a new contract to prevent him joining Moyes at Old Trafford. Baines’ existing deal has two years to run.

Everton finished just outside the Champions League places in Moyes’ final year at Goodison Park, ending the season in sixth, 10 points adrift of fourth-place Arsenal. Moyes has been succeeded by former Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez.

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