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Fellaini leaving Everton? Five destinations for the midfielder...

Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with signing the Everton midfielder, after he was quoted speaking about his future.

It seems every time the international break arrives, and Marouane Fellaini is safely out of earshot of David Moyes, he pipes up speaking of his desire to move on from Goodison Park.

Linking up with international teammates playing for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid and Aston Villa (Actually scrub that last one) it is easy to figure out why he feels a tad jealous and left out when they gather round to chat about their Champions League exploits.

Others may be satisfied about where they are currently, but Fellaini is in such inspired form and receiving great adulation, and his mind may well be wondering, if at the age of 24 that it is time to move on.

The Belgian is reported to have said: "I have seen everything at Everton and in January or at the end of the season I will turn to a new club or a new league."

Even David Moyes appeared resigned to the possibility of losing him, quoted in the Independent as saying: "I am not in the mood now to keep the fight going all the time because we have had to do this with a lot of players.

"But Felli knows what I think and I think that more than anything he'd love to take Everton into the Champions League. But I think I have got to that stage at Everton where I say: 'Look, we have lost some really good players but I don't think it has stopped us progressing as a team.'

So what could the future hold for the player...

When would he leave?

Don't be fooled by the talk of a switch this January. Barring a dramatic collapse over the next couple of months, Everton will remain in with a shout of qualifying for the Champions League - They currently sit in fourth spot.

Also the New Year is when Everton traditionally improve and get better, so the fact they have had a good start is a mouth-watering prospect for Evertonians. As Moyes said, the perfect solution would be for the club to have him competing for Everton in the Champions League next season.

Having been at the club since 2008, he surely wouldn't want to leave what he has started, having got so close. If it gets to the end of the season, and Everton are unsuccessful, then sure, consider his options.

Potential destinations?

Manchester United - It has been discussed many times that Fellaini is exactly the physical, box-to-box midfielder that United lack and desperately need. Sir Alex Ferguson is well aware of his qualities, with the player scoring important goals in his last two matches against the Red Devils, but United are not big January movers so this certainly isn't one to consider until next summer. Then there is the question of price, At £25-30 million United could be outbid, or even back off completely. Verdict: 50-50 at best.

Chelsea - Chelsea are one of the most logical destinations for Fellaini, and have a number of his international teammates already on board. Both Hazard brothers, Lukaku, De Bruyne and Courtois are all on the club's books, and he would settle in seamlessly. He would also be an instant upgrade on Jon Obi Mikel, and form a tireless partnership with Ramires. Crucially, money is of no problem for the club. Verdict Most likely.

Arsenal - Arsenal are a club who have been regularly linked with signing Fellaini, even if it defies logic. Well they certainly have a big transfer pot, but have they actually got the ambition to go and spend it on one player? If they did it would be a turning point for the club, but we remain sceptical, especially with need for a striker more pressing. If it did occur, Everton should demand Mikel Arteta back in exchange. Verdict - Forget it.

Manchester City - Roberto Mancini is not a happy man, and certainly did not get his own way in the summer. He wanted a Daniele de Rossi, but ended up with Jack Rodwell, and that is no disrespect to the former Evertonian, simply that he is not the finished article that City really wanted to replace Nigel de Jong, who they chose to sell before his contract expired. If City set their sights on Fellaini, he would form surely the best midfield partnership in the league with Yaya Toure, an unforgiving one for opposing teams. Everton could always insist on bringing back Rodwell as part of any deal. Verdict - Don't discount it, especially after their Champions League disappointment.

Real Madrid - Jose Mouriunho and Real Madrid shown how keen they were to raid the Premier League of its top talent when they sealed a deal for Luka Modric over the summer. Xabi Alonso is still believed to want another new face to partner him in midfield, and Fellaini's talent and potential availability could see the Spanish champions come calling. Again, money is of no issue, and the benefit for Everton is that they would not have to play against him if they shipped him off to another league. Verdict: Outsiders.

What is the most likely scenario for Fellaini? Can Everton finish in the top four and keep him?

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