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Fellaini 'sacrificed £4m' to join United

ESPN staff
September 4, 2013
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Marouane Fellaini sacrificed £4 million in bonuses in order to force through his transfer from Everton to Manchester United, according to reports.

The 25-year-old secured a deadline day move to Old Trafford on Monday, having been linked with the Premier League champions for much of the summer.

It was reported that the Belgium international had a £23.5 million release clause in his contract which expired on July 31, and hence former Everton boss David Moyes was unwilling to pay over that amount.

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Various reports now claim that, to ensure the switch went ahead, Fellaini waived £4 million worth of loyalty bonuses, effectively making the deal worth £27.5 million by ensuring Everton avoided paying the £4 million.

Indeed Everton sought to clarify their position by insisting the club would not be receiving just £23.5 million for Fellaini, as had been interpreted by some observers.

The club's director of communications Alan Myers wrote on Twitter: ""For those asking: No Felli did NOT pay £4M of the transfer fee! The buying club will pay £27.5M."

Speaking to MUTV on Tuesday, Fellaini said: "I am thrilled to sign for Manchester United. I have known the manager for many years now and I have a lot of respect for his way of working. When I was given the opportunity to work with him again, I jumped at the chance.

"I had a fantastic time at Everton and I'd like to thank all the fans and staff there for everything they have done for me, but being a Manchester United player is something that every player dreams of and I believe that I can make a real contribution to the team's efforts to win trophies in the future."

Moyes added: "I have worked with Marouane for five years and I'm delighted he has decided to join Manchester United. He is a player with great ability and strength and I think he will make a real difference to our squad."

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