Blues see Belgian as Lampard replacement.Chelsea are lining up a move to sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini in January.
The Champions League holders are keen to beef up their central midfield as doubts persist over the effectiveness of the partnership between Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel.
It is understood Chelsea have identified £25 million-rated Fellaini as a battle-hardened Premier League midfielder who can play behind their battery of attacking midfielders which includes Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata, Ramires, Victor Moses and Marko Marin.
Fellaini revealed during the international break that this could be his final season at Goodison Park, claiming: “in January or at the end of the season I will turn to another club or championship.”
Rumours that Chelsea are leading the chase for Everton’s want-away star Marouane Fellaini are gathering pace and it has be said, the Belgian looks a good fit for the Blues.
While the European Champions have abundant options on the wing and behind the front man, there is a growing feeling that Chelsea look soft in the centre of midfield, particularly after Michael Essien and Raul Meireles left the club late in the transfer window.
With Frank Lampard now 34 (but still looking in tip-top shape, by the way) and doubts about the quality of Jon Obi Mikel persisting, the additional of Fellaini could be great business for both now and the future.
The 24-year-old would add a huge physical presence in the middle of the park but also has the touch and technique missing from Mikel’s game.
Fellaini is able to play further up the pitch as a support striker but, with the likes of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard already in west London, he would likely be required to play deeper at Stamford Bridge.
Whether or not the big-haired midfielder is prepared to do so could be crucial to Chelsea’s pursuit, with Manchester United, Man City and Real Madrid all thought to be monitoring Fellaini as well.
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