Transfer news: Marouane Fellaini will snub Arsenal in favour of Manchester United
The Everton midfielder has been linked with both clubs
Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is ready to snub Arsenal in favour of a move to Manchester United.
According to the Evening Standard, the Belgium international has made moving to Old Trafford his first choice.
While both clubs have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old, neither have yet made an official approach to Everton. Fellaini has a release clause worth around £23.5m in his contract.
Both clubs are pursuing other targets first, with Arsenal looking at signing a top-class striker while United are bidding for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
Fellaini is aware that both clubs are interested in him but is having to play the waiting game even though his clause expires in less than a month.
However, should both clubs choose to match Everton’s asking price, the presence of David Moyes — who brought him to England from Standard Liege — at United will tip the balance in their favour.
Significantly, Fellaini already lives in Manchester and is understood to be settled in the north west.
Moyes is determined to strengthen United’s midfield and is trying to convince Barcelona to sell him Fabregas. An initial £26m bid has been rejected but the club are confident that they can lure the former Arsenal captain from the Nou Camp and are plotting another offer in excess of £30m.
Latest in Sport
Lionel Messi dumps Jerome Boateng: The moment two-goal hero made Bayern Munich defender look like 'baby in a playpen'
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich match report: Lionel Messi double and Neymar strike put Barca on course for Champions League final
Floyd Mayweather mocks Manny Pacquiao: 'Winners win and losers have excuses'
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings
Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in top eight of Forbes Rich List
- 1 Qataris pledge to expand Canary Wharf
- 2 #JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
- 3 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
- 4 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
- 5 Watch eerie drone footage of destroyed building in Stalingrad
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
General Election 2015: Sturgeon claims Scots 'appalled' by Ed Miliband's refusal to work with SNP