Etihad Stadium club step up chase of Everton midfielder.
Manchester City are preparing a cash-plus-player offer for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini as they look to beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United to his signature.
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Belgian international Fellaini is expected to leave Goodison Park in the summer with it emerging during the January transfer window that there is a £23million release clause in his Everton contract.
Chelsea were the most likely to capture the 25-year-old as they see him as a replacement for Frank Lampard, who is out of contract at the end of the current season, and are set for to offer the full £23million to activate his release clause.
But Manchester City are set to rival Chelsea for his signature with the Sunday People reporting that Roberto Mancini will offer cash plus two of his first-team squad with the valuation figure totalling the same £23million Chelsea will offer.
Among the names that could be offered to Everton would be full-back Gael Clichy, while former Evertonian Joleon Lescott and midfielder Gareth Barry are two others who could be heading through the exit day at the Etihad Stadium in a planned summer clear-out.
Fellaini provides a vital goalscoring link between midfielder and attack and would fit into both the Chelsea and Manchester City systems comfortably.