Marouane Fellaini's assumed inevitable exit from Everton is set to be one of the summer's pivotal transfer sagas in the Premier League, and according to reports it is Arsenal making the early running for him.
The 25-year-old Belgian has just finished fulfilling his international duty for his country, and is expected to address his future over the coming weeks.
Confusion still reigns over Arsenal's 'bid' for the player, with it apparent that the Gunners have not yet met the £23 million release clause for him, but are strongly considering doing so.
It also appears the club are deliberating over how much to offer the player in salary, with Arsenal predictably holding back.
Respected Belgian football journalist John Chapman provided an update via his Twitter account as to the player's future earlier today, with a snippet of information which may be music to the ears of Manchester United fans:
Fellaini watch: #afc don't want to meet his wage demands as Wenger as tight salary structure in place. And he likes living in Manchester.— John Chapman (@BelgoFoot) June 16, 2013
Fellaini watch: I'm told #afc offering 70k a week. And for those asking, he lives in Manchester at the moment.— John Chapman (@BelgoFoot) June 16, 2013
Fellaini's desire to remain in the North-West of England could just give Manchester United an extra edge to sign the dominant midfielder.
The Red Devils already have his former manager David Moyes in charge, the man who brought him to Everton in the first place, with the midfielder recently stating he wants to continue his career under a coach who believes in him.
Should United trigger his release clause and pursue a bid, a transfer could just be a formality, for from a personal point of view all the chips are in place for Fellaini.
United are also unlikely to hang about when it comes to his wages, with a wage structure nothing like the rigid scheme in place at Arsenal.
All that remains to be asked, is whether David Moyes actually wants the midfielder and sees him as a part of his squad at United. If so then United may just have all the advantage to sign him up they need.
Do you think Moyes intends to sign Fellaini, or will he focus elsewhere?
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