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London duo Chelsea and Arsenal have been put on high-alert after reports in the British press indicated that sought-after Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has a £22 million buy-out clause in his contract that he signed in 2011 and it can only be triggered by a Champions League-playing club. Both the Daily Mail and the Times believe Chelsea lead the chase for the player with Arsenal following close behind.
Fellaini joined Everton in 2008 and has since gone on to become one of the most sought-after midfielder in the Premier League with his commanding displays. He has made 154 appearances for the club scoring 28 goals, including 9 this season. The Belgian international signed a new 5-year deal in 2011 but reports have linked him with a move in the summer after some impressive performances this campaign.
Chelsea have reportedly told Frank Lampard that he is free to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires and the Blues have earmarked Fellaini as the ideal replacement. Chelsea have already triggered Newcastle striker Demba Ba’s release clause when they signed him last week and have been linked with Fellaini for the last couple of months.
Arsenal have missed a commanding figure in midfield since the departure of Alex Song last summer and are looking for reinforcements to add much-needed steel to their side. Manager Arsene Wenger would have to shell out club-record money to sign Fellaini who has kept his violent conduct under check this season.
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