Chelsea Transfer News: Are Chelsea Interested in Marouane Fellaini?

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IINovember 16, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Marouane Fellaini of Everton shields the ball from Steven Davis of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on September 29, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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With the winter transfer window coming up in around six weeks, the rumors and speculation about potential deals and moves is plentiful, with defending European champions Chelsea no exception to that.

The Blues have been linked to a number of high-profile stars in world football regarding potential transfers, with their latest one being Everton's Marouane Fellaini.

Per The Daily Mail:

Roman Abramovich is ready to break the bank and splash £30 million on in-form Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini in January.

The Belgian has dazzled for David Moyes' side this season and scored his sixth goal of the campaign on Saturday as Everton came from behind to beat Sunderland at Goodison Park. 

Now Chelsea’s billionaire owner is keen to bring Fellaini to Stamford Bridge to deputise in midfield.

The reports come after Fellaini himself told reporters earlier in the week that he desires to play in the UEFA Champions League, and that if he is forced to move from Everton in order to do that, then he is willing to make such a move.

Fellaini is believed to have told reporters in Belgium that "I've seen everything with Everton and in January or at the end of the season, I will turn to a new club or a new league" (per The Daily Mail).

And if the comments are a true reflection of where the midfielder's mind is currently at, then it stands to reason that Chelsea could well tempt him into a move to Stamford Bridge with a £30 million deal and the promise of Champions League football.

Everton are a cash-strapped club and would find it hard to turn down £30 million—even for arguably their best player this season—and know that they could still make a run at the Champions League next season without Fellaini, albeit a more difficult one.

So in that respect, the transfer could work.

The biggest question mark over this deal for me are why Fellaini would want to leave Everton and whether or not Chelsea truly need or can best utilize the Belgium international in their squad.

The Toffees are looking in excellent form this season and are placed to launch their best attack on a top-four spot better than they have been in years gone by. Their defense is sound, their attack is good and they are playing quality football.

Why would Fellaini want to leave that? And why, of all times, would he choose to leave now when the club are on the cusp of being an elite team?

If his desires are truly to play Champions League football, then surely it makes just as much sense for him to remain with Everton and try and consolidate on the club's strong start to the season—and aim for that elusive top-four finish.

David Moyes echoed similar sentiments during the week, when discussing the rumors of Fellani leaving his club  (per The Daily Mail):

Everyone knows where he [Fellaini] is and if they want to come watch him, then that's up to them.

But Felli knows what I think and I know what he thinks, and I think more than anything, he'd love to take Everton into the Champions League—and that's what we'll try and achieve.

The other aspect of this transfer that doesn't seem to add up is how Fellaini would work in the Blues' attack—should he make a transfer—given all the attacking talent and skill that Roberto Di Matteo currently has at his disposal.

The Belgian international has played as a central attacking midfielder in all 10 appearances for Everton this season according to WhoScored—netting six goals and three assists in that time—and thriving in the role.

However, you would have to think that spot would be available to him at Chelsea.

The Blues already have Spanish international Juan Mata as their No. 10 and having already accommodated Eden Hazard and Oscar, you would have to consider it unlikely that they could now fit in the Belgian international as well.

The addition of Fellaini would give them arguably four genuine No. 10's—Fellaini, Mata, Hazard and Oscar—all of whom would command significant playing time.

The Blues simply would not be able to fit all four players into a four-man defense, so unless they wanted to adopt a three-man back line, the decision to bring in Fellaini would seem like somewhat of a bizarre managerial decision from Di Matteo.

And just on that for a moment, if Chelsea were to go to a three-man back line, they would most likely then cost John Obi Mikel and Ramires starting positions, as well as Frank Lampard and Victor Moses. I've tried to show this on the right hand side.

So while the decision to bring in Fellaini from Everton might seem to work in terms of cost (which wouldn't be a problem) and motive, the transfer would not make any sense in terms of tactics as well as the Belgian international's decision.

Chelsea would be interested in Fellaini—as are no doubt many teams in world football—but to say they will make a bid for the 24-year-old would make a move to Stamford Bridge over a number of other clubs, including Everton, is a bit of a stretch.

It doesn't make sense, even for Roman Abramovich.

Which surely, is saying something about the likelihood of this one.


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