Arsenal reluctant to meet transfer fee

Everton's Marouane Fellaini

Arsenal are reluctant to pay Marouane Fellaini’s £23million price tag, reports the Metro.

The Everton midfielder has been heavily linked with the Gunners, and it was expected that Arsene Wenger would trigger the Belgian’s release clause.

But the Frenchman is now unsure whether he wants to break the club’s transfer record for Fellaini. Everton have insisted that they will not accept any offer under the release clause price.

Wenger had suggested that he will be spending big this summer, after the club once again secured Champions League football next season, after beating Newcastle on the final day of the season.

But the 63-year-old doesn’t seem convinced by the Belgian’s worth, opening the door for Manchester United, who have been linked with Fellaini ever since David Moyes, his former manager, took over at Old Trafford.

Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis spoke out about Wenger’s rumoured spending spree this summer, and said: “He is not scared to spend money, but he has to believe he is a getting a top-class player.”

The 25-year-old was Everton’s top scorer in the Premier League this season, finishing the campaign with 11 goals to his name.

Arsenal have also been linked with Gonzalo Higuain and Wayne Rooney, as Arsene Wenger attempts to strengthen his squad.

Would Fellaini be a good fit for the Gunners? Should Wenger sign him quickly?

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