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Chelsea Set To Trigger Fellaini Release Clause – Will United Also Make A Move?

By on January 10, 2013

With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, more on the future of Marouane Fellaini.

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Chelsea are set to make their move to sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini by triggering the release clause in his contract this month, according to Goal.com.

The report claims the European champions see the Belgian as a long-term replacement for Frank Lampard – who’s expected to leave the club in the summer – with owner Roman Abramovich prepared to match the buy-out clause in Fellaini’s contract, which is believed to be in excess of £25m.

The Daily Star are reporting that Toffees boss David Moyes is already planning for life without Fellaini by targeting an £8m move for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, with the report suggesting Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to rival Chelsea for the 25-year-old’s signature.

However, French media outlet L’Equipe support Goal.com’s belief that it’s Chelsea who are in the driving seat, claiming that the West Londoners are set to land the giant Belgian before the weekend.

Despite being regarded predominantly as a defensive midfielder, the 6 foot 4 inch Belgian has proved to be equally adept at playing further up the field this season and has scored 9 goals in 18 games so far this campaign.

But despite his exploits in front of goal this season, Goal.com suggest Chelsea will look to deploy him in the centre of the park if he does end up making the move to Stanford Bridge.

While all signs are seem to be pointing to a potential move to Chelsea, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sir Alex Ferguson was to make a move as well. Fellaini has been a thorn in United’s side on more than one occasion in recent encounters and the United boss has a habit of signing players that do well against his side.

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Man Utd could certainly do with a player like Fellaini and with Paul Scholes not getting any youngster, many United fans are calling for the club to strengthen the central midfield area, and there aren’t many better out there than Fellaini at present.

However, this is all just paper-talk at present so until we see something official on a clubs website, Fellaini remains an Everton player.

Would Chelsea and United fans like to see Fellaini at their club? Get involved in the comments section below.

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15 Comments

  1. Sunset

    January 10, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    We need to sign such a strong player he is a fighter, his combinetion with ba is something else to watch.

  2. Ajewole joseph

    January 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I’m dreaming off difference players now on the pitch,but cloud covered their faces, miracliouly lighten revealed chosen one to me with the blues Jersey playing,not doubt it was m.felliani.get him now R A $ R B,before we loose him.

  3. Clement

    January 10, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Signing fellaini will be excellent,very good with set pisce. I pray the deal goes through. Up blues.

  4. kevin

    January 10, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Fellaini will b at chelsea, no dout about dat. Signing player 4rm premier league is advisable than waisting money on player 4rm diff league. Exmple is Demba Ba, Van persie he will surely deliver because premier league is not strange 2 him.

  5. Chelsea interest

    January 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    he is a strong player and we want to see him with demba ba at swansea home

  6. Billy

    January 10, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Clause says £22 mill offer from CL side Chelsea are not in the CL !

    • Zane

      January 11, 2013 at 12:31 am

      Yo Billy. Think of who is still in the CL this season. Man United and Arsenal. Man United will get knocked out in the round of sixteen against Real Madrid because they just dont have the squad anymore to compete in Europe against faster teams who can play wide and through the middle. United can only play wide football and they probably have the weakest defense in the European competition this season. Arsenal,well we know they won’t make it far either. So why would Fellaini go to either one these clubs who get knocked out early anyway? The only reason Chelsea is out is because their squad is in transition this season so the chemistry amongst the players isn’t there yet. On paper,Chelsea is way stronger than both Arsenal and United but are the players matured enough to play as a unit yet? No. Their squad will be better next season. Everyone in football knows that there’s a building period (buying the players),then you get a gelling period and then you get the next season when that squad can probably yield tropies. It took City two seasons to win a major prize (league title). Fellaini will obviously pick Chelsea.

  7. Snowhite

    January 10, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I just wish Chelsea completes Fellaini’s deal before weekend…cos we have huge matches ahead of us,Stoke, Swansea and Arsenal game,are one of the most important. He will give more options in our attack and defence. Fellaini is now the most Dagerous player in the EPL…he’s a must buy for Chelsea,cos he’s a World-Class player and the best replacement for Lampard.

  8. willo30

    January 10, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Chelsea can bid this month but Everton can name their price. No buyout clause for a team not in champions league. They can take a chance and wait for the summer but I have a feeling they will bid big this month to get him before anyone else. I also believe that once a bid comes in over the clause then that is the starting bid whether in CL or not this month.

  9. williams

    January 11, 2013 at 3:31 am

    @ZANE, you said it all!!!! Ppl are scared of chelsea becus they knw that in a few season they will become a strong force in europe!!! With just a deadly striker + demba ba!!!

  10. Harris

    January 11, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Dude, go home you’re drunk… You said Man Utd will lose against Real Madrid like it really going to happen… maybe it would, but the match isn’t even started…anything can happen… i believe you are Chelsea fan and you got jealous of us who are still in the ucl… last season no one would have expected Chelsea to win ucl..but they did…let me ask you..did they have a strong squad to beat all the other team?? NO…that’s what i said ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN…furthermore you said everyone in football believe in building period…indeed everyone does…but not Roman Abramovich…if he does..why would he fired Di Matteo..?? he didnt even got the chance to manage full season…i believe if rafa dont win anything this season he will get fire also…

    • Zane

      January 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Harris. Do you honestly think Red Nose will order his players to sit deep? Even he knows his team cannot win it this season. Man United has a strong strike force but definitely an average midfield and a weak defense. Their goal this season is basically to win the league and you cannot compete in different competitions and expect to be successful with that squad. Chelsea wanted the European title last season and because of their weak squad,their league performance took a knock. Look at the other teams in United’s group this season. Cluj,Braga and Galatasary. The latter is the only team that could be seen as a problem for United. Chelsea had Juventus,Shakhtar and Nordsjaelland. The latter in this group is like Braga and Cluj so United obviously made it through to the knockouts. Your team would have lost to Shakhtar in both legs…even Juventus with one of the best midfields struggled against them! Go home,you are drunk!

  11. Godwin

    January 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Fellaini,is a most buy for chelsea if we are to be among the top four this season.Mr, Roman should please buy Fellaini for us, Blues for life

  12. buju

    January 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    we want taison as well as willian and felliani in de team to help strengthen our playing bcos aside ba willian can play centre foward and taison can also play in de wings whiles felliani do the defensive job

  13. Zane

    January 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Oh ya. Di Matteo couldn’t get the best out of the individuals. His team leaked goals right left and centre. He made bad substitutions and that ultimately cost him his job. As a Chelsea fan,I knew he wouldn’t last long after his team became predictable. Benitez is only an interim manager until the end of the season with a 7 month contract. If he doesn’t win anything,he’ll leave anyway. If he wins something other than the Capital One Cup and FA Cup,I don’t know what Roman and the board will do. Jose Mourinho seems the sensible choice to go back and Benitez to Madrid.

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