In 2008, now-Manchester United manager, David Moyes, smashed the Toffees’ transfer record, with a stunning £15m raid for Standard Liege's burly Belgian, Marouane Fellaini.
Five years on and Fellaini is one of the most highly-regarded players in the Premier League. The 25-year-old staked his claim to be among the elite of English football with his commanding, imposing, and dominant performances in Merseyside.
Fellaini managed an impressive 12 goals in all competitions, playing in a an array of positions, ranging from a battle axe of a central defensive midfielder, to an unconventional no.10; becoming the target man for when Moyes' old side wanted to take route one.
The No.25 was in inspired form for Everton during the 2013/14 season, contributing to his side turning Goodison Park into the fortress it is now seen as. At first sight, Fellaini's game seems to be based around his physical attributes - which are impressive - however, there is much more to his game.
He has quite the touch in tight areas, and carries an accomplished finish when need be. All of these factors have convinced his former manager, now Red Devils boss, David Moyes, to splash out on one of his key men from his time as Everton manager.
Also last season, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini were widely seen as the two stand-out central midfielders over the course of the campaign, hence the idea of seeing them line-up on the same side would excite any fan, and strike fear into those of the opposition.
Michael Carrick's wide-ranging passing ability has placed him among the best deep-lying maestros currently plying their trade in the Premier League; when paired with Fellaini, the man from Etterbeek can break down play, and allow his midfield partner to dictate the game, but also make late darting runs into the box, consequently giving United's wide-men more targets to aim for.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez, understandably, isn't prepared to let one of his most prized assets exit the club in a moment of transition for his side. However, the United hierarchy seem adament to confront any challenge to acquire their target.
The current champions have tabled a reported bid of £28m for Fellaini and his England international team-mate Leighton Baines, which was swiftly rejected. It seems Martinez is not prepared to let both of his best players leave within the same window.
The Spaniard had also previously stated that a £23m release clause in Fellaini's contract had expired; therefore, it's unlikely that they will sell the combative midfielder for any price under the region of £27m.
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