Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is a reported summer transfer target for Chelsea.
The Toffees have been tirelessly trying to tie the Belgian international to a new long-term deal since Chelsea’s interest first emerged during the January transfer window last month.
Everton manager David Moyes was left frustrated by a lack of movement in the market in terms of bringing players in, and he also lost another star midfielder Steven Pienaar to Tottenham Hotspur.
Moyes does not want to sell any more of his key players, and is looking to Everton chairman Bill Kenwright to back him financially in a bid to secure the futures of his current Goodison Park stars.
“I think talks with Fellaini will start shortly because we don’t want to encourage clubs,” Moyes told the Daily Mirror.
“In the main, we have never had to sell our best players. The ones that have left have left because they wanted to. I’ve always had the final decision and I hope that stays the case.”
However, with Fellaini’s current contract not due to expire until 2013, there is some doubt over whether or not the 23-year-old midfielder will be offered an extension at this time.
Chelsea are said to be monitoring the situation, and speculation has increased since the player’s father, Abdellatif Fellaini was quoted in the media saying that his son’s impressive performances for Everton warrants a move to a bigger club.
"The big clubs can see what a good job Marouane is doing and that is why Chelsea are following him intensively,” reported sport.co.uk.
"In his position he'd get into the starting XI at any big club."
Fellaini cost Everton a club record £15million when he signed a five-year deal in 2008, and after establishing himself as a leading Barclays Premier League star, he would almost certainly cost more than that if Chelsea were to step up their interest with a firm offer.
The price is unlikely to put off Blues chiefs, with owner Roman Abramovich recently dusting off his chequebook to bring the high-profile signings of Fernando Torres and David Luiz, to Stamford Bridge in a last minute foray into the transfer market that cost in excess of £75million.
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