After having arguably his best season to date in the Premier League, Everton midfielder Maraoune Fellaini has become one of the hottest properties in the transfer market.
Whilst his departure from Goodison Park is far from confirmed, the Belgian international has fuelled the flames further by stating that he would like to join Arsenal but only if they are willing to pay for his services.
According to the Daily Mail, Fellaini is willing to move to the Emirates Stadium but only if he receives wages of £100,000 a week.
These rather high demands will certainly come as a shock to Arsene Wenger and Arenal who aren’t used to paying such high wages for many of their players.
Out of all the players at Arsenal, only Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott earn 6 figures a week which would make Fellaini one of the highest paid players in the team.
At the moment, Fellaini is earning £75,000 a week at Goodison Park so it would be a hefty increase from what he receives now should he make the move to London.
Arsenal’s pursuit of Fellaini is certainly becoming more and more expensive with the club needing to activate his release clause of £22 million to have any chance of signing the midfielder.
The Belgian’s physical presence within midfield plus the ability to still score goals has impressed many top clubs across Europe this season.
In 36 games this season, the Belgian has scored 12 times including notching 11 goals in the Premier League.
Many people have felt that Arsenal have needed a physical player such as Fellaini for many years especially since the departure of Alex Song to Barcelona at the start of last season.
Should Arsenal deem Fellaini’s demands too expensive, a host of other top European clubs are ready to swoop and make a bid for his services.
David Moyes has been keen to bring the midfielder to Manchester United as one of his first signings at Old Trafford meanwhile Man City have also been linked with the future of Yaya Toure still very much up in the air.
Russian champions Zenith St. Petersburg are also hotly linked to the side with their financial backers willing to pay through the roof and meet all of Fellaini’s demands.
It will certainly take a while for the situation regarding Fellaini to be sorted once and for all but don’t be too surprised if you see the afro-laden Belgian playing in a different colour other than blue and white come August.