Arsenal want Everton midfielder Fellaini but not at release clause price

Arsene Wenger wants to bring Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Arsenal but is so far unwilling to pay the amount stipulated in the Belgium international’s contract, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Fellaini has a clause in his current deal that means he can move to a Champions League team for a set price, said by the Mirror to be £23m. Fellaini is thought to be open to the move to the Gunners but Wenger has yet to make an official approach for the 25-year-old, with the newspaper claiming the manager has doubts Fellaini’s value is fair.

The feeling at Everton is that Fellaini would definitely take the chance to join Arsenal, partly because it would mean living in London, only two hours from Belgium. Former Everton manager David Moyes is also interested in taking Fellaini to Manchester United but it is Arsenal and Chelsea who hold the advantage because of their location.

New Everton manager Roberto Martinez has expressed his desire to keep Fellaini at Goodison Park but the existence of the release clause means it is largely out of the club’s hands. The newspaper adds Martinez will not allow Fellaini to leave for anything less than the release clause in his contract.

Fellaini has been an Everton player since 2008, signed from Standard Liege for a club record £15m. In that time he has made 200 appearances for the Toffees, scoring 32 goals.

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