Date:Friday August 16 2013
Manchester United are expected to put the finishing touches on their bid for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini over the weekend.
The bid has been expected all summer, but for some unknown reason, David Moyes has been reluctant to make his move official.
His dilly-dallying over Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Ilkay Gundogan has meant that the buy-out clause in Fellaini's contract has now expired. Meaning that Everton now control what fee the Belgian International will go for.
The now irrelevant buy-out clause had stood at £23.5million for any team in this seasons UEFA Champions League.
The Premier League champions of course could have triggered that clause at any time, but instead they opted to wait which means they are likely to have to pay over that value to get their man.
The Metro believe the opening bid will be £25million, with Manchester United prepared to offer Fellaini a basic £90,000-a-week contract and that's before an array of appearance and goal bonuses.
It is understood that Fellaini, understandably is quite keen to make the move if the two sides do agree a deal and to be fair to Fellaini it is the perfect move for him.
The Belgian International has always expressed his desire to play in the Champions League and a short move and working with David Moyes is pretty much perfect for him. Not many Evertonians would begrudge him the move and if Everton get upward of £25-30million and then it will be interesting to see what new gaffer Roberto Martinez will do in the transfer market.
Not that Martinez is thinking along those lines, the Spaniard of course would much prefer to keep Fellaini and seeing the expiry on his get out clause expire was a major positive to the new bosses plans.
"A contract with a buy-our clause leaves you with very little say in matters so that`s why it was so important for us that it expired on July 31. Martinez told the Post.
He continued: "From Marouane`s point of view he wants to have stability and be in a comfortable background so he can perform week-in, week out. Then he can bring that to his national team.
"We`re desperate to start the new season with as much stability as we can."
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