The Times is reporting that Arsenal have activated Marouane Fellaini's release clause at Everton, rumoured to be £22 million.
The midfielder has made several comments over the past year about wishing to play Champions League football and test his ability, and the departure of manager David Moyes is expected to have made him more open to a move.
The Belgian is currently on international duty, and has been linked previously with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea.
If the rumours turn out to be true, and Arsenal are able to bring him in then it could consitute an excellent deal.
Fellaini's price at £22 million represents fair value, especially considering Manchester City spending £30 million on Fernandinho earlier today, a player unproven in the Premier League.
Everton also paid around £15 million for the midfielder, and would surely like to net more for a player who at 25 is about to reach his peak.
Fellaini would not represent a 'typical' Arsenal player, but his physical presence is exactly what the Gunners need in midfield and have been missing ever since Patrick Vieira departed.
He would be reunited with former Toffees teammate Mikel Arteta, with who he struck up an excellent rapport with at Goodison Park.
Fellaini caught the eye earlier this season when playing in an attacking role, reaching double figures in the Premier League for goals for the first time in his career.
Yet he recently said that he sees his future in a defensive midfield role as an enforcer, which is the exact position Arsenal are seeking to strengthen this summer, having still yet to buy a replacement for Alex Song.
Arsenal have a reported £70 million transfer budget before player sales, and have been linked with big money moves for Stevan Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain.
Their reported 'bid' for Fellaini is clearly not done and dusted yet, and their early move could very well trigger Manchester United or Chelsea into action.
Yet if they were to snap him up, it would be a major statement of intent from the Gunners and change the entire dimension of their midfield.
How would you see Fellaini fitting in at Arsenal?
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