The transfer saga involving Marouane Fellaini looks set to rumble on all summer, and it would be better for Everton if it was resolved quickly to allow Roberto Martinez to focus on reshaping the squad.
With new managers at Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Everton, as well as plenty of other top European clubs, this summer is shaping up to be one of the busiest transfer windows ever.
Within this three of the Premier League’s second tier sides are facing a summer of rumours regarding their star players, with Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur fighting to keep hold of Luis Suarez, Marouane Fellaini and Gareth Bale respectively.
Everton have a significant disadvantage in this, with Fellaini’s £22million release clause to teams in the Champions League meaning they are likely to be unable to keep hold off the Belgian as Manchester United and Arsenal both seem willing to meet that price.
If that is the case, and Everton have no chance of getting Fellaini to sign a new contract removing that clause, they should sell the Belgian as quickly as possible to give their new manager, Roberto Martinez, the funds and the time to reshape the squad in his image.
Everton will need to find a replacement for Fellaini, and are also on the lookout for a new striker this summer after Nikica Jelavic failed to build on his promising start to life at Goodison Park.
The other sides in the top seven are all set to strengthen their team’s considerably, and if Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea lock out the top three again next year, as they will be expected to do, Everton will be up against Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool for the remaining European spots
With all four sides likely to buy a new striker, a quick sale of Fellaini might give Everton the funds to make an early move for someone like Alvaro Negredo, who could figure on all four team’s wish list this summer.
A quick sale will also stop Martinez’s first summer in charge being spent discussing the future of a player who is more than likely to leave, and make him look decisive rather than powerless at his new side.
Unless Everton can get a very clear indication from Fellaini he is happy to stay in the next week or so, they should try to wrap his departure as soon as they can, giving them the time and means to move on and prepare for next season.