SCOUTING GUIDE: The appeal of Fellaini is that, at his best, he can be devastating for his team in two completely contrasting roles. His more familiar and preferred position is as a destructive, defensive midfielder, where he's well equipped to hassle, harry and scurry after attackers, before dispossessing them to launch an attack. However, this year the Belgian's predominantly featured in the same attacking role he played during his first season at Everton, where his strength, height and remarkable chest control make him equally imperious on his day.

WHERE NEXT? Everton were unable to clinch European football for next season which may finally cause Fellaini to pursue a move away, especially with David Moyes no longer in charge.

Manchester United are an obvious link, with several recent stories highlighting his admiration for Moyes, including Matt Law's piece in The Mirror.

A critical rumour surfaced in January, when (among others) BBC Sport reported an alleged buy-out clause in his contract, meaning Everton are potentially powerless to stand in his way should a suitor meet that price.

Whether or not that's true is still unclear, but Chelsea and Arsenal are two other possible destinations linked in the Metro, along with Manchester City and Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mail.

A lot may depend on Everton's next managerial appointment and whether or not Fellaini feels the new man matches his own ambition. If he doesn't, it seems likely the Belgian will be appearing for a Champions League side next season.