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Fellaini was clearly a key player for Everton, and selling a marquee name can rarely be viewed in a positive light.
However, when it was revealed that the Belgian was keen to move, many fans expected to lose their man for a reduced fee—or at least for an amount below his original £23 million release clause.
With so many rumours of £20 million bids coming in from Manchester United, the fact Everton eventually received a whopping £27.5 million is a huge boost for the club and drags this deal out of any negative territory.
Had Manchester United acted quicker, they could have snared their man for £4 million less just a few weeks before. As it was they lingered, much to the Toffees' benefit.
Everton's thoughts on the deal were demonstrated by their decision to reveal the facts and figures—insight they predominantly announce as undisclosed.
Quite rightly they wanted to display their uncompromising, stubborn stance and what was an impressive bargaining triumph over a Premier League giant.
Fellaini will be a tough player to replace, but the huge fee helps Roberto Martinez construct a much deeper squad with more players of his own choosing. After his transfer request, it was always a matter of when, not if, Fellaini left, and Everton more than got their money's worth.