Belgium international midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed that this could be his final season in the Merseyside, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid reportedly keen on the Belgian.
The 24-year-old kicked off the new season with a 5-star, man-of-the-match performance against Premier League giants Manchester United at Goodison Park on 20 August 2012.
Five days later, Fellaini bagged another goal against Aston Villa, continuing his early season purple patch.
“I have started my fifth season at Everton,” Fellaini told Het Nieuwsblad.
“This will be one of my last seasons. I have seen everything.
“In January, or at the end of the season, I will look for another club or league.”
FIFA deny Odjidja-Ofoe loan move to Everton
In other news, Fellaini’s fellow Belgian Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe’s was recently denied clearance to join Everton on loan from Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge.
“Unfortunately, Vadis hasn’t joined us at Everton. Maybe he can come later,” added Fellaini.
Would FIFA have denied Odjidja-Ofoe a loan move to a bigger club, say Chelsea, Manchester City or Real Madrid? I do not believe so, and perhaps that is why Fellaini wants to move on from Everton following this season.
Between Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid, the reigning European club champions and Los Blancos probably have the best chance of landing the Belgian, with City having just signed defensive midfielders Jack Rodwell and Javi García in the summer transfer window.
Furthermore, neither Chelsea nor Real would be priced out of signing Fellaini, who would surely cost either club a transfer fee in excess of £20 million.
Fellaini joined the Toffees from Belgian Pro League giants Standard Liège in September 2008 for a fee of £15 million. As a result, Everton would likely hold out for £20m-plus for their prized asset.
Sir Alex wants more Latin Americans at Old Trafford
According to ESPN Soccernet, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he wants to sign more Latin American players, while praising the likes of Antonio Valencia, Anderson, Fabio, Rafael and Chicharito.
“Our scouting there has increased,” he told Inside United magazine. “We’ve got an operative in Mexico, two in Brazil and four South American scouts now.
“Quite frankly, they do produce. You see Antonio Valencia – he’s as tough as nails with great discipline about him. The South Americans love playing football, it’s just in their blood.
“The three Brazilians – Anderson, Rafael and Fabio – love it and are first to training every morning. It’s a breath of fresh air.
“Chicharito [Hernandez] has a fantastic attitude to playing and everything else. It’s really good. So we’ve done very well in Central and South America in the last two or three years.”
At the moment, Antonio Valencia and Rafael are first-team regulars, Anderson and Chicharito are on the fringe of the starting XI and Fabio is currently on loan at Queens Park Rangers.
Lastly, United completed the signing of Chilean starlet Angelo Henriquez for a reported fee of £4 million this summer.
Goodbye for now.