David Moyes appears open to big offers for the Belgian 24-year-old who is in tremendous form so far this season. So with Manchester City, Chelsea and many others reportedly interested should Everton continue their trend of selling their prized assets in order to maintain stability at Goodison?
Earlier in the season Maraoune Fellaini alarmed many an Everton fan with comments about his future at the club. If you need a reminder of what he was quoted as saying:
‘I am just starting my fifth season at Everton; this will be one of my last. I have seen everything. In January or at the end of the season I will turn to another club or championship,'
He was quick to dispel such talk on Twitter the very day the news first broke that ‘Fellaini was leaving Everton’ so essentially there is no reason to believe that he is adamant on a move but with high prices circling Everton would struggle not to sell the player despite his obvious talent.
Ever since he bossed the show against Liverpool for Standard Liege as a teenager the gangly midfielder has become a divisive player. Everton’s record signing at a costly £15 million he currently has a contract that ties him down to Goodison Park until 2016 so The Toffees of course are in no real danger of having to sell the Belgian international when it comes to timescale.
Fellaini is happy at Everton and after showing signs of his promise toward the end of last season this year has been his most productive yet. With his niggling injury problems seemingly behind him he has found the net on six occasions already this campiagn including a strike and delightful assist this weekend against Sunderland.
However in the past Everton have shown a need to sell a first-team asset when the iron is particulary hot and in Fellaini’s case that fact appears no different. Jack Rodwell was moved on to Manchester City this summer. Mikel Arteta moved to Arsenal; Joleon Lescott to The Etihad and of course Wayne Rooney to Manchester United.
David Moyes would never be a man you could claim has given up on anything and he made it clear that selling Fellaini would only be in the best interests of the club:
"They know where Felli is, they know where to come and watch him - they know as well that it will be a big price if they are interested. I'm not in the mood to keep the fight going all the time, because I've lost a few players now, but the ones we've lost - they've paid for. I think we've got to the stage at Everton where we say, 'Look, we've lost some really good players but I don't think it's stopped us from progressing the team’. We sold Lescott, we sold Arteta and we've all felt really down when we've lost those players but we've had to pick ourselves up and go and find other ones.’’
It is the strongest indication yet that Moyes would be willing to move ‘Felli’ on if the price was right and with figures to the dizzy heights of £30 million being quoted for the 24-year-old it would appear the price is certainly right.
Everton are not blessed with cash and a doubling of their investment on the midfielder-come-forward would prove great business for The Toffees and allow plenty of scope for replacements and a valuable cash injection into the club.
Again Everton fans will not want to see yet another of their top talents leave but unlike some football clubs Everton live a little closer to the ‘real world’ and in that world selling Fellaini makes sense.
Would you cash in on Fellaini for £30 million?
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