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Arsenal have triggered the £24 million release clause in the contract of Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, according to Matt Hughes and Matt Dickinson of The Times (subscription required).
According to the Times report, Fellaini's latest contract included a stipulation that he could move to any Champions League team that met his release clause. Arsenal have qualified for the final qualifying round of next season's Champions League.
Fellaini's interest in Arsenal has increased after speaking with Arsenal's Mikel Arteta, a former Everton teammate, reports The Times.
Goal.com's Wayne Veysey, meanwhile, reports that Fellaini's buyout clause is £22 million for a Champions League club and £24 million otherwise.
Fellaini, 25, joined Everton from Standard Liege in 2008. He scored 11 goals with five assists in the Premier League last season.
In other Arsenal transfer gossip, The Sun quotes chairman Ivan Gazidis as saying the Gunners could afford Wayne Rooney's reported £200,000-per-week wages and £25 million transfer fee.
Asked directly if they could afford the England hitman and his wages, Gazidis said: “I don’t know what his fee would be.
“I’m talking about an extra £70m of additional, high-margin revenue — so of course we could do that.
“We could do more than that.”
Rooney, 27, has turned in a transfer request with Manchester United. He scored 12 goals with 10 assists in the league last season.