It was expected that the ‘treasure chest’ of Fellaini would be fussed over and swept up in the January transfer window.
Despite the supposed interest there was little follow up to the speculation promoting a Marouane move during the January window. Nonetheless, the 6ft 4 inch Belgian has now expressed further interest to play at the highest level. The Belgian’s interest may have been put forward with a neat emphasis on his patience regarding a move, but the overall message seems to elevate the likeliness of a deal going ahead in the summer.
The former Standard Liege man put Chelsea at the forefront of transfer interest when quoted in The Sun as saying:
If Chelsea want to sign me then they need to come forward with a bid for me. I have heard about Chelsea’s interest but I’ve honestly not spoken to them.’
There’s no doubt that there are interested parties mingling at the gates of Goodison Park, but should David Moyes consider the option of selling his prize possession after creating yet another Champions League contending side?
Current estimations suggest the lanky afro-man is worth something in the vicinity of £30 million after his high-flying goal infested season. Surely this figure’s enough to turn Moyes’ cheek?
The sum opens up a number of options that can be exploited by the transfer nous of Moyes. I admit Fellaini’s worth is paramount to Everton’s challenge to the top 5, but the £20-30m would allow Moyes to renew and revitalise a number of positions in need of strengthening.
We’ve seen the pitfalls to over-reliance on single players getting clubs in trouble, especially when these players show great bouts of incredible, but perhaps unpredictable form.
Newcastle are a prime example of the inconsistency of this setup. Ben Arfa and Cabaye have been missing this season, and with Cissé failing to inspire, a backlash has pegged them down just four points off relegation 26 games after their admiral run last year.
Busy rejuvenating their squad in January with purchases like Sissoko (2.5mill), Debuchy and Yanga-Mbiwa emphasises the kind of quality in numbers Moyes can bring in with the cash influx expected from Fellaini’s transfer.
Fellaini may be integral for Evertonian success this season, but it’s unlikely he’s going to match what his price tag could offer in the future seasons to come.