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Everton yet to receive Fellaini bids

ESPN staff
June 18, 2013
Everton hope Marouane Fellaini will stay at the club © PA Photos

Everton have yet to receive any bids for Marouane Fellaini despite reported interest from several clubs, ESPN understands.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been linked with moves for the Belgium international midfielder.

And Everton chairman Bill Kenwright acknowledged earlier this month that a £24 million release clause in Fellaini's contract will make it difficult to resist approaches from any of the top European clubs.

But both Kenwright and new Everton manager Roberto Martinez have indicated that they believe the 25-year-old will stay at Goodison Park.

Recent reports that Arsenal had triggered the release clause in Fellaini's contract were premature, although a bid from the Emirates Stadium could still materialise.

Former Everton boss David Moyes, who brought the midfielder to Goodison Park from Standard Liege for £15m in 2008, is also understood to be weighing up a move to take him to Manchester United.

Martinez's position has not changed since telling the Sunday Mirror on June 9 that he was relaxed about speculation surrounding Fellaini.

The manager said at the time: "I don't think it's an issue at all with Marouane.

"Transfer speculation is unstoppable when you have been as successful as Everton. You will always get other teams who admire and want to take your best players. That's normal and happens everywhere. It happens at Real Madrid, at Manchester United and Everton.

"So there's nothing we have to speak about."

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