Everton face a battle to keep hold of Marouane Fellaini this summer after Real Madrid, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs expressed interest in the Belgian.
Fellaini has proved one of Everton manager David Moyes’s most successful signings, scoring 31 goals since his £15million capture from Standard Liege in 2008.
But the 25-year-old is keen to play Champions League football and is now firmly on the radar of some of Europe’s top clubs as Everton try to end their season with a push for the top four.
Moyes wants to keep Fellaini and Everton have denied talk of a £24m buy-out clause. However, Everton usually sell one valuable player each summer to help with their financial situation — last summer it was Jack Rodwell to City — and it appears they will not be short of offers for Fellaini.
Both Manchester clubs have identified Fellaini as a target, although he is not currently a priority for Sir Alex Ferguson or Roberto Mancini. There is hardening interest at Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Fellaini is one of Everton’s highest earners on £75,000 a week. That means top clubs can offer him a reasonable increase without breaking their own wage structures.
Fellaini is aware of the interest and is interested in possibilities away from Goodison. – Daily Mail