Could Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini follow former team-mate Mikel Arteta to Arsenal in January? Well, David Moyes certainly thinks so after he recently admitted that he could be forced to sell the Belgian during the next transfer window.
The 6’4’’ 23-year-old midfielder is out of contract in 18 months, which means if he fails to agree a new deal at Goodison Park by January, his cost would be slashed by almost half of his £15 million value next summer.
It is believed for the past 6 months that Fellaini has been in discussions with the Everton board over a new deal and although Moyes believes a deal is ‘close’, the Scot knows that the sale of Arteta to Arsenal could’ve temporarily held up talks with the Belgium international.
Moyes was quoted in the Metro today saying:
‘Yes, there is a danger that selling Mikel could set a precedent, but I hope not. I would like to think we can hang onto our best players. But there is always a danger when someone goes after saying they want to leave that it could set a precedent, and we will have to be careful of that.’
There were several rumours this summer suggesting that Fellaini was in fact interested in a move to the Emirates, and with the lure of Champions League on the table, a move to the north London club could be too good to turn down.
The Gunners will be without young midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong for most of January after being called up to Ghana’s African Nations squad, meaning Arsene Wenger may once again be forced to dive into the market for a powerful midfielder – Of course whether this is Marouane Fellaini, only the Frenchman knows.
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