Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Why Marouane Fellaini to Chelsea Makes Perfect Sense

Brandon Glass@@bglass20Correspondent IJuly 23, 2013

Marouane Fellaini has recently been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge
Marouane Fellaini has recently been linked with a move to Stamford BridgeClive Mason/Getty Images

Taking all things into consideration, it really hasn't been a typical Chelsea transfer window. 

Sure, the Blues have added key pieces to their roster in Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer, but there hasn't been that "big splash" that those around West London have become used to in the summer. 

Last summer, it was Eden Hazard who decided to transfer to the reigning European champions. The summer before that it was Juan Mata who made the trek to West London from Spanish side Valencia. 

This year, several big-name players have been linked with Chelsea, including Edinson Cavani, Wayne Rooney and Daniele De Rossi. However, Cavani joined Ligue 1 side Paris St-Germain, while Rooney's and De Rossi's futures are still up in the air. 

However, another name that has recently been linked with the West London club is Marouane Fellaini

According to Steven Green of CaughtOffside, Chelsea is preparing a £20 million-plus player swap for the Everton player. 

CaughtOffside understands that Chelsea will try to hijack the move as United busy themselves with an attempt to bring former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas back to England, by offering £20 million plus former Wigan Athletic forward Victor Moses as a makeweight.

Fellaini was linked to the Blues back in the January transfer window, but Everton and Chelsea could not agree on terms to bring the Belgian international to Stamford Bridge. 

However, if new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and owner Roman Abramovich can somehow bring Fellaini to West London this time around, there is no doubt that Chelsea will get a boost in their English Premier League title aspirations this season.

Let me start off by saying that this deal makes sense for both sides involved. Everton has claimed that they think Fellaini is around a £25 million player, so the terms of the deal make sense in that regard.

Furthermore, the player involved in the swap is Chelsea man Victor Moses, who would be reunited with former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, who is now the head coach of Everton. 

Moses, who managed to score 10 goals in 43 appearances last season for Chelsea, may be expendable for Mourinho's side, who now have plenty of attacking midfield options, including new boy Schurrle. 

More importantly, however, Fellaini makes sense for Chelsea from a tactical standpoint. 

Known for being an intimidating presence in the middle of the pitch, Fellaini has tremendous ability on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. 

With Chelsea under Mourinho, who looks to be deploying a 4-2-3-1 formation this upcoming season, Fellaini would likely be used in the pivot-man role right in front of the back four. This would suit Fellaini's playing style perfectly. 

Not only would Fellaini offer Chelsea a comforting role as a central defensive midfielder, he would also give Chelsea the occasional goal or two. In 36 appearances for Everton last season, Fellaini managed to find the net 12 times, a pretty decent number for a midfielder. 

Standing a little over 6'4", Fellaini would also provide Chelsea with an excellent option on set pieces, something that has been a significant strength over the years for the Londoners.   

Fellaini would certainly be an upgrade over Chelsea's current defensive midfield options, including John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien, despite each of their histories at the club. 

As Fellaini has previously been quoted in saying that he has a desire for Champions League football, it will be difficult for Martinez to convince Fellaini to stay at Goodison Park with English giants Chelsea and Manchester United calling his praises. 

Furthermore, Fellaini will want to be in the spotlight this season, as he will want to prove himself worthy of a starting spot in Belgium's national team ahead of next summer's World Cup in Brazil. 

While Chelsea and Abramovich have been uncharacteristically quiet thus far in the summer transfer window, we have all seen that can change with one big signing.

Fellaini would be that signing.

If Fellaini were to join the Blues, it would undoubtedly shift the power structure in the EPL. For that reason, expect Chelsea to make a huge push for the Belgian to join their ranks.

What do YOU think? Should Fellaini join Chelsea, and where would he fit in with team? Give me your opinions on what Fellaini would offer Chelsea and whether the Blues should make a push for Fellaini in the comment thread below!  


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