Everton have attempted to warn off potential suitors for Marouane Fellaini by slapping a £22 million price tag on the midfielder.
The Belgium international has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Real Madrid in the past after staring for The Toffees in each of the last three seasons since his arrival from Standard Liege in 2008.
The 23-year-old is currently on the sidelines, and will be for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury and rumours started of a possible departure when his father revealed clubs had been following him.
"The big clubs can see what a good job Marouane is doing and that is why Chelsea are following him intensively," he said.
"In his position he’d get into the starting XI at any big club."
For Fellaini, the carrot of Champions League football at a club constantly fighting for domestic honours would be huge, and even at his tender age, one he couldn't turn down.
Despite their plethora of midfielders, Madrid are rumoured to be keen to sign Fellaini, and the Spanish big spenders are unlikely to be put off by the inflated transfer fee being demanded.
Neither are Chelsea who splashed out £70 million to bring David Luiz and Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window.
Carlo Ancelotti will be keen to bring down the average age of his squad after a season of disappointment in the league, and the signing of the 6ft 3in man would go some way to lowering that number at The Blues.
Although Fellaini's departure would be a huge blow to David Moyes, who only last week insisted Everton weren't a selling club, the fee of £22 million would be much welcomed, with funds over his nine-year tenure at Goodison Park having been restricted.
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