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Before I alienate myself further from Everton fans, I do not want this to happen, but this is what I feel will happen.
The fact that Everton, a well established, meticulously and guardedly run club with the eighth highest attendance in the EPL, should find themselves in such a financial battle is a sad indictment of the way money dominates the modern game.
But, they are in a financial battle, and so is most of the football world. With few alternatives, Everton must and surely will, sell a key player. I vote Fellaini, who edges out Rodwell for now.
Baines, Jagielka, Arteta and Rodwell are all not long into new contracts. Everton can command outrageous figures due to their contractual situations. That makes the prospect of any of these four leaving not impossible, but not so likely if Everton do sell Fellaini. If a big club comes calling, my view is that Fellaini is the most likely to actively seek a move if Everton are not progressing sufficiently to match his ambitions. He also does not have the contract length of the others to provide Everton with time to manoeuvre.
Baines, Arteta and Jagielka are such integral pieces in David Moyes' plans that their departure would surely go against his wishes, and would cause an uproar from the Goodison Park faithful. I tend to think their departure would dent the club most in the long run. All three have been tempted by big clubs before, but they have remained steadfast, committed to David Moyes, and Everton.
Everton are not in a position to reject £25-30 million, if it comes in for any of these names. If it does, then that player would surely go, but that is unlikely. For me, it is between Fellaini and Rodwell over the others. Everton have most competition for places in central midfield, and if one of these goes, the other will provide competent enough cover.
I understand arguments for Rodwell to depart, damaging the current team the least. However, were Fellaini to go, it could provide Rodwell the platform to fully blossom and fulfil his vast potential. In doing so, he would also be adding millions to his value, something most Everton fans would be keen to see happen in the royal blue of Everton, not elsewhere.
Who could you see going?