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Chelsea Prepare £20m Everton Swoop To Replace Michael Essien

Stamford Bridge club want Goodison Park star.

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Chelsea have identified Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini as the man to replace Michael Essien and are preparing a £18million bid to get him.

The 23-year-old has caught the eye since his move from Standard Liege in 2008 with his powerful performances as a holding midfielder.

New Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is eyeing a replacement for the injured Essien, who has been ruled out for 6 months with cruciate ligament damage.

Contact has been made between the Blues and Italian club Roma over the availability of Daniele de Rossi but were told he was not for sale.

Villas-Boas has since turned his attention back to the Premier League, and in particular Everton.

Fellaini is ambitious and wants to play at the highest level and win trophies, which he has admitted is unlikely at Goodison Park, according to Fanatix.

The Toffees finished seventh in the Premier League last season 14 points behind the coveted fourth-place Champions League spot.

Fellaini will hold talks with manager David Moyes before making any decision over his future with Chelsea lining up an offer that will be hard for Everton to turn down.

Moyes is keen to strengthen his squad but knows he will have to sell to do to generate funds.

Fellaini has two years left on his contract but Moyes is hopeful the Belgium international will commit to a contract extension.

Evertons lack of transfer funds has contributed towards the clubs lack of progress in recent seasons, with the club suffering increasing debts.

The Toffee’s board may even risk the wrath of Moyes by opting to cash in on Fellaini to ease financial straits.

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