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Zenit set sights on Fellaini

06/12/2012 | Comments (33)
Zenit St Petersburg expect to strengthen the midfield during the winter transfer window with players of very high quality, and the example given is Everton's Marouane Fellaini.

A spokesperson for Zenit said: “The management team expect to strengthen the midfield during the winter transfer window.

“The signings will be players of very high quality. For example, the Belgium international Marouane Fellaini is on the list — he has proved himself in his games for Everton.”

Zenit are bankrolled by Russian gas giants Gazprom and already have one Belgian, Alex Witsel in their ranks.

Everton officials are reproted to have said they have had no contact over Marouane Fellaini.

Original Source: Liverpool Daily Post  Rumour source ranking:
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Brian Williams
769 Posted 06/12/2012 at 14:54:02
If they're serious just ask em for silly money (going by others in recent history)........tell em the price is £50 million.
Paul David
770 Posted 06/12/2012 at 14:58:18
I think they paid £30m for Witsel.
Paul Ferry
772 Posted 06/12/2012 at 15:16:32
I'd rather he went there than anywhere else in the Prem and we would get sillier money from Ruski deep pockets. Plus Felli could enjoy himself sauntering around the Hermitage which has a wonderful stash of Cezannes, Braques, Picassos, and Matisses, courtesy of Sergei Shchukin.

I'll be sorry to see crazy hair go if indeed he does next window. If he does, let's get it done and dusted early days so Moyes can put sponds to good use: (1) if he gets his mits on the sponds at all; and (2) hmmmm.... I imagine Felli has no intention at all of going to deepest and darkest Russia with that madman in charge.
Christopher Kelly
774 Posted 06/12/2012 at 15:35:21
Agreed, obviously. There are only a handful of teams that could accommodate a player like Fellaini and even fewer that could drop a HUGE lump for him. Sell that man for £50M and rebuild the team!!!
Tony J Williams
775 Posted 06/12/2012 at 15:23:45
More likely to get an offer from them than any of Man U, City, Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs.
Tom Dodds
776 Posted 06/12/2012 at 16:04:25
Don't sell him.

Any valuation should be £50M (If he wants out).

Lest we forget the Rooney 'Bargain of the Century scenario... (Take note, Kenwright.)
Steve King
777 Posted 06/12/2012 at 16:24:07
If he has to go somewhere (and it seems inevitable that he will either in January or the summer) then this lot would be ideal. Purely because Gazprom are huge and clubs can add a Zenit premium to their asking price, much like City during their early spending sprees.

I'm one of the big man's biggest fans.....but if we could squeeze £30 - £50 million out of them I wouldn't be complaining!

James Thomas
780 Posted 06/12/2012 at 17:06:23
Zenit are a joke. They won the league last year then created a horrible schism in their team dynamic by buying Witsel and Hulk for £64m. Their captain Denisov led a revolt at the players’ disgust at the wages being given to Witsel and Hulk and was promptly forced to train with the reserves (this didn’t stop Capello picking him for the national team). Hulk (3 goals in 13 games) has now thrown a massive strop after being subbed with minutes left in their victory over AC Milan at the San Siro and has declared that if the situation is not “resolved” he will leave. The manager Spalleti (erstwhile of Roma) then declared that Hulk can do one for all he cares. The club is in disarray and horribly fractured. If Fellaini is mates with Witsel (they both played at Liege together) then I can’t really see Axel telling Marouane how great it is there other than the pay packet – their friendship itself is questionable as the Belgian squad has itself been beset by internal rifts in the past, and Witsel is a horrendous individual who has in the past intentionally shattered a fellow professional’s leg with the most despicable act I’ve ever seen committed on a football pitch.

Frankly, if Zenit do make an offer, and Felli wants to go, then we can make them pay an obscene fee for him and his career will almost certainly flounder there. I would like to think he’s smarter than this…….

Peter Laing
781 Posted 06/12/2012 at 17:16:49
Fellaini on his current form, age and future potential could quite easily pick from any one of a number of Europe's most elite clubs. In terms of playing for Zenit, I cannot see the attraction - other than the obvious wages that would be on offer and the chance to play in the Champions league. Fellaini could easily command massive wages and Champions league at any of the potential suitors that would be ready to make a bid.

Therefore, Everton hold all of the cards and as long as bungalow Bill doesnt do his usual trick of " I wouldnt sell him for anything less than £50 million" and then weeks later accept a £10 million downpayment and the other half on the drip, Everton would appear to be in the driving seat. My only reservation is the apparent clause in the 5 year contract that was signed which allegedly has a figure attached to it. If and when he goes my money is on Chelsea.

Peter Laing
782 Posted 06/12/2012 at 17:16:49
Fellaini on his current form, age and future potential could quite easily pick from any one of a number of Europe's most elite clubs. In terms of playing for Zenit, I cannot see the attraction - other than the obvious wages that would be on offer and the chance to play in the Champions league. Fellaini could easily command massive wages and Champions league at any of the potential suitors that would be ready to make a bid.

Therefore, Everton hold all of the cards and as long as bungalow Bill doesnt do his usual trick of " I wouldnt sell him for anything less than £50 million" and then weeks later accept a £10 million downpayment and the other half on the drip, Everton would appear to be in the driving seat. My only reservation is the apparent clause in the 5 year contract that was signed which allegedly has a figure attached to it. If and when he goes my money is on Chelsea.

Ben Jones
783 Posted 06/12/2012 at 17:29:04
This isn't the worst thing in the world because Zenit seems to have bag loads of cash. They could offer far more than the 30m for Witsel. Wouldnt rule that one out
Shane Corcoran
784 Posted 06/12/2012 at 17:38:05
Very thorough examination James, but I can't quite get past how I imagine Spaletti would sound telling Hulk to "do one."
Thomas Windsor
785 Posted 06/12/2012 at 17:45:00
It's freezing there... who would want to play football there?
James Stewart
786 Posted 06/12/2012 at 17:58:23
James makes pretty good points. Even if zenit stump up the cash which they can, there is no way an ambitious player would go there. Zenit are a joke and in disarray. Fellaini will end up somewhere like Chelsea or Madrid not in bloody Russia!
Andy Meighan
789 Posted 06/12/2012 at 18:48:42
£50M and he's all yours, chaps. Oh you can just imagine the Corrie Thespian rubbing his hands with glee over this one: "Here you go, David, here's £10M — see what you can do with that before the window closes.
Terry Myers
790 Posted 06/12/2012 at 18:51:20
If he has to go somewhere, I would prefer Zenit or PSG. I'd hate to see him playing for plastic Chelsea or Man city. If the rumour is true, then If I was Moyes, I'd try and extort every last rouble out of them. How many roubles in 50 million quid?
Peter Warren
796 Posted 06/12/2012 at 20:02:49
Most impressive player this year in the league. Long may it continue...
Ciaran Duff
804 Posted 06/12/2012 at 21:44:55
I know I am indulging myself here but this song just came to me and I had to run it up the ToffeeWeb flag pole. (Hey — Maybe we need a song suggestion section of ToffeeWeb???)

Anyway, here is my suggestion (to the tune of You Can't Stop theMusic by Village People):–

You can't stop Fellaini, Nobody can stop Fellaini He's over 6 foot 4, got a great afro, He's gonna score and score, So we won't let him go, No you can't stop Fellaini, Nobody can stop Fellaini.
Hope yiz like it!
James Flynn
806 Posted 06/12/2012 at 21:34:56
Well, someone at the Daily Post got to fill empty space saying nothing.

I wonder sometimes how I come in here and routinely read so many intelligent, cogent, and humorous (often hilarious) OPs and discussion for free and somehow no one saying nothing is getting paid for articles like this.

Edward Simpson
814 Posted 06/12/2012 at 23:35:17
As much as I hate this sort of 'rumour mill' rubbish, if we don't get European football next year and Fellaini wants to go, this sort of interest would help us.

Like some people have said, we could realistically get £50 million for him; I would think if he went to another Premier League club, it would be considerably lower than that. If we do get to the situation that we have to sell him, sell him abroad. That sort of money would really push our club forward.
Edward Simpson
815 Posted 06/12/2012 at 23:39:53
I do also think Fellaini isn't stupid; obviously most footballers these days mainly care about money but I'm not positive that Fellaini will leave at all.

Things are looking up at the club in a footballing sense. We have possibly the best team of our generation and I think if we add more players slowly (in the capacity that we normally do) in CM, young goalkeeper and striker, we could be force to be reckoned within a couple of years time. With all this interest in players like Forren etc the club are clearly trying to plan for the future (plus the added bonus of having elite academy status).

I think it would be a shame if he did go in such an 'exciting' period at the club footballing wise, and he fits perfectly in the team in two positions. But we all know that if we do get something ridiculous then it could ease debt issues and give us some spending power in the foreseeable future.

Eric Myles
817 Posted 07/12/2012 at 00:53:35
"Witsel is a horrendous individual who has in the past intentionally shattered a fellow professional’s leg with the most despicable act I’ve ever seen committed on a football pitch."

So we can expect to see him in a RS shirt come the summer?

Jason Heng
818 Posted 07/12/2012 at 01:47:41
How about Fellani for a new stadium? I'm sure Gazprom can gather some loose change somewhere.
Chad Schofield
819 Posted 07/12/2012 at 01:54:17
I'd expect Real Madrid, Milan or maybe PSG, aside from Man Utd, Man City or Chelski. Certainly going to be a bevy of clubs in for him and deservedly so.
Peter Barry
820 Posted 07/12/2012 at 02:29:39
As long as there is no 'Sale trigger' clause in Felliani's contract, then there can be some dreaming of 'fantasy' money from some supporters. But I seem to remember he does have a 'Sale' clause in his contract (perhaps I am mistaken) which, unless there is a bidding war for him, would render all these 'Monopoly money' dreams expressed on here null and void.
Pat Finegan
830 Posted 07/12/2012 at 07:48:20
It is my understanding that Marouane Fellaini drives a Vauxhall Corsa. I don't think he is all that concerned about his paycheck.
Ciarán McGlone
832 Posted 07/12/2012 at 08:47:14
I don't think the clamour for his signature will be as monumental as everyone thinks...
Brian Waring
840 Posted 07/12/2012 at 10:42:52
I agree with Ciaran, I think there will be a couple of big clubs come in for him, but I reckon there won't be loads clamouring for his signature. Madrid have Alonso and Khedira. Barcelona have Busquets and Song, could see Chelsea going for him, Man Utd as well; for some reason, I can't see Man City in for him.
Carl Peters
848 Posted 07/12/2012 at 13:57:06
I think more realistically he'll go to the Mancs for £20mill and the promise of first dabs on any Man Utd cast-offs with Bullshit Billy declaring he got us a really really good deal.
James Brand
887 Posted 07/12/2012 at 18:33:32
Isn't his release clause £24 mill? After Liege, agents and the banks take their cut I'm thinking £10 mill at best...

Sorry guys for the reality check but all those expecting £50 mill go and watch a Disney film or something...

Christopher Kelly
945 Posted 08/12/2012 at 09:37:10
To recruit a player in fucking Russia, they have to pay an exorbitant transfer fee and salary just to get the player to consider it. Who would want to go there??

Seems like a weird scenario but hey, this is Everton.

Eugene Ruane
951 Posted 08/12/2012 at 09:51:40
Pat (830) - You say..

"It is my understanding that Marouane Fellaini drives a Vauxhall Corsa. I don't think he is all that concerned about his paycheck".

You might be right, however the problem often appears to be not what Fellaini drives, but what his oul' feller WANTS to drive.

Andy Meighan
953 Posted 08/12/2012 at 10:10:23
Eugene, I do believe that Gravesen used to drive a Nissan Micra for getting round town. Didn't stop him going to Madrid, did it?

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