Stamford Bridge side earmark move for Goodison Park star.
Chelsea have identified Marouane Fellaini as their preferred replacement for Frank Lampard and are planning to trigger a buyout clause in the Everton midfielder’s contract at the end of the season. It is understood that the five-year deal signed by the Belgian in 2011 allows him to leave Goodison Park if Everton receive a bid of £22 million or more from a Champions League club.
SOURCE: The Times
Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini may well be the final piece of Chelsea’s first team jigsaw and could well be seen as a goal-scoring option to handily take Frank Lampard’s place as the Blues veteran moves ever nearer to a Stamford Bridge departure.
25 year old Toffees star Fellaini may well feel that his career ambitions are unlikely to be met at Goodison Park and though David Moyes would be loathed to lose the Belgian there will be nothing he could do to prevent such an exit if the Blues stump up the cash needed to trigger his release clause.
Fellaini has been in fine form this term, helping Everton to an excellent first half of the Premier League campaign and though the Merseyside club have genuine hopes of securing a Champions League berth if they fail to do so one would imagine the former Standard Liege man would be even more likely to accept any offer from the West London club.
Rafa Benitez may well see Fellaini as an ideal support man for his strike-force, a player who ably links midfield and attack. The powerful Everton man has netted nine goals already this term and could well work to offer steely protection for creative talents like Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar, all of whom are slight of build and can be brushed off the ball with relative ease.
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