The Everton midfielder has long been linked with a move away from Goodison Park. In January he appeared to be close to a Chelsea switch, while David Moyes’ new job at Old Trafford put United firmly in the running.
But The Times says that Arsenal’s offer could be the most attractive one to the 25-year-old.
They plan to activate his release clause, a clause confirmed to exist by Bill Kenwright, and say the figure is approximately £24m.
“Fellaini insisted on that [clause],” Kenwright said yesterday. “I have to say he has given me every indication he doesn’t want to go.”
Everton are fighting to hold on to their key players, with the Daily Star saying that Roberto Martinez has issued a hands-off warning over Leighton Baines, and is hopeful he will stay.
Arsene Wenger wants to make Fellaini a regular starter as a holding midfielder, and the paper claims he is impressed by what he’s heard about life at the Emirates from Toffee-turned-Gunner Mikel Arteta.
Chelsea have a new manager and are believed to be looking at other targets, while the report claims that Fellaini following Moyes to his next club ‘is not guaranteed’.
The move seems a more realistic possibility than the other one Arsenal are bullishly linked to today – that of landing Wayne Rooney.
Ivan Gazidis’s quotes, found elsewhere on this site, certainly point to a different approach and mindset from the Gunners, but it still depends on Rooney resolving finally to go, United being prepared to sell him, Arsenal shattering their existing wage structure and the striker choosing them above the other options available to him. But Arsenal ruling themselves in the mix is new.
Hulk, meanwhile, is doing his best to court interest from Chelsea, saying: “If I said there wasn’t anything in it, I would be lying.”
The 26-year-old striker would cost around £35m from Zenit St Petersburg, but added that he would not be thinking about any transfer until the culmination of the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Another interesting, if outlandish, rumour in the Daily Mirror suggests Liverpool could swoop in for Carlos Tevez, to compensate for losing £40m-rated Luis Suarez.
Tevez’s wages could well be the stumbling block once more, as he earns around £200,000 a week at Manchester City. That said, because he has just one year left on his contract, he could come at a knockdown fee of around £8m, and afford the Reds some proven Premier League quality and experience.
The Liverpool Echo, meanwhile, say that the Reds have made a £3m bid for Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori, as they look to strengthen with emerging players.
The Daily Express report an even more modest £1.2m deal is in the offing – but this one has the enticement of being David Moyes’ first as Manchester United manager. 20-year-old right-back Guillermo Varela is set to join the club from Penarol in Uruguay.
And finally, yesterday in Paper Round we brought you the story that Harry Redknapp had fallen out with the QPR directors over player purchases, and was so desperate to sign Wayne Bridge on a free transfer that he had threatened to quit if the club did not allow him freedom in the transfer market.
The Daily Mirror hints to watch this space, because Bridge has reportedly signed for Reading.