Man Utd and Arsenal running out of time to make cut-price Fellaini deal

Those parties interested in signing Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini for just over £23m have only a month left to do so, the Daily Mirror has reported, as the Arsenal and Manchester United target has a contract clause allowing him to move to a Champions League club at a lower price that expires on August 14.

The exact figure of Fellaini’s release fee is put by the newspaper at £23.5m – with the Toffees’ set to up the price to over £30m if an offer is not forthcoming by the stipulated deadline.

It was current United manager David Moyes who insisted on the August 14 cut-off point when he was Everton boss when the contract between club and player was signed in late 2011. Moyes was attempting to avoid the disruption caused by Joleon Lescott’s late move to Manchester City in 2009, when the defender’s desire to get away from Goodison Park but the clubs’ inability to agree a fee until late in the window unsettled Everton’s start to the new season.

But if no offer is made by August 14 it is possible Fellaini could remain at Everton, the Mirror quotes a source as suggesting. “Marouane respects the terms of the agreement he signed with Everton and has good moral standards. It is up to the club how they act.” the unnamed source claimed.

Everton are also ready to fend off Moyes’ interest in Leighton Baines, the Mirror claims, while Arsenal are United’s chief rivals for Fellaini but have so far this summer concentrated their efforts on signing a striker, with approaches made for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Manchester United’s former Everton forward Wayne Rooney.

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