Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is intent on keeping the club's most talented players in the wake of manager David Moyes' departure. But when it comes to a certain Belgian midfielder with poofy hair, he may not have a choice.
According to ESPN, Kenwright admitted that Marouane Fellaini has a release clause in his contract and could be on his way out:
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has acknowledged that the club could lose Marouane Fellaini this summer - but insists the rest of the squad are not for sale.
Fellaini has a release clause in his contract that allows him to talk to any club in the Champions League who put in a bid of at least £24 million.
Kenwright said: "I'm not Dave Whelan. I've not said to David [Moyes]: 'David, come on.' I've said exactly the opposite. I've said to David [Moyes]: 'We all know the situation at Everton. We all know there's a player who's got an escape clause, but the others are not for sale.'
The interest surrounding Fellaini isn't surprising.
In 31 Premier League appearances this season, the 25-year-old midfielder scored 11 goals and tallied five assists. According to WhoScored.com, his average match rating of 7.57 was fifth highest in the entire league.
Moreover, his ability in the air makes him a unique, sought-after weapon. In addition to winning 151 out of 253 total aerial duals (a staggering 4.9 per match), he also turned that dominant, high-rising presence into a solid goal-scoring ability:
John Terry: Despite only making 14 apps, only 2 players (Michu 6, Fellaini 5) have scored more headers in the PL this season than Terry (4)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 18, 2013
But while his offensive ability would undoubtedly be welcomed, it is perhaps his defense out of the midfield that makes Fellaini most attractive to Manchester United.
Take a look at his impressive stats from this season:
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Add it all together—the aerial presence, the nose for the goal, the passing, the aggressive but effective defense—and the talented midfielder is unlike any player currently at Old Trafford.
While it's important to note that we are still very far off from any move being official, Fellaini would make the defending EPL champs incredibly dangerous if he were to follow his old manager east.