Belgium midfielder look to secure £100,000 a week wages.
Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is keen to secure a wage increase if he is to join Arsenal according to The Daily Mail.
The Belgium international is widely expected to leave Goodison Park this summer having made clear his intention to join a bigger club last season.
It is thought the departure of manager David Moyes has confirmed Fellaini’s thoughts and he is ready to make a move to a side that can offer him Champions League football.
Manchester United were thought to be favourites to sign the player but it appears their attention has cooled as they have switched focus to Barcelona pair Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara.
That could pave the way for a move to Arsenal with Arsene Wenger known to be a firm admirer of Fellaini’s talents.
The beanpole midfielder could be available for as little as £25 million due to a minimum fee release clause in his contract at Everton.
That would be well within Arsenal’s price range with the Gunners ready to splash the cash this season after having to endure a number of summers of restrained spending due to the need to pay off the loan the club took out to build the Emirates Stadium.
But the club had not expected Fellaini to make his demands for £100,000 a week in wages and are re-considering the wisdom of his signature.
Arsenal’s hand may be forced though as Fellaini knows that wealthy Russian side Zenit St Petersburg are also interested in his services and are more than happy to meet his wage demands.