The long rumoured move away from Goodison Park may come sooner rather than later for two of Everton’s star players. Both Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines have been stand out performers this season for David Moyes’s side, with constant speculation surrounding both of them, and Chelsea emerging as front-runners for their signatures.
It would be hard to imagine England’s two leading choices at left-back playing for the same club. Debate between them has often centred on how Leighton Baines could possibly dislodge the England stalwart in defence that Ashley Cole has been across his 100 caps. Unless a move can be engineered in the summer, Baines may move to Stamford Bridge at the age of over 29, with only a few seasons at the top of his game left.
Marouane Fellaini would however move with arguably the best years of his career left in front of him. At the age of 25, Fellaini has the potential to fill the void in midfield left by Frank Lampard’s departure, and his presence would no doubt be an asset for any manager.
…they would have to perform as consistently as the likes of John Terry…
But any transfer to a Champions League contender could overestimate how important a player feels at a club. While both Fellaini and Baines are two of the first names on the team sheet at Everton, the same luxury can’t be afforded, at least straight away, if they moved to Chelsea.
For either to be a permanent starter at Chelsea, they would have to perform as consistently as the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and even Ashley Cole. If not, there’s no guarantee of more than a couple of seasons before being sold on or replaced by someone else. Players like Ryan Bertrand and Oriol Romeu would probably feel extremely hard done by to see their way into the first team disappear at the flutter of Roman Abramovich’s many millions.
…command fees of above £10 million each…
One factor that does remain certain is that David Moyes will not let the pair leave for below their worth. Both vital players for Everton’s hopes of breaking into the top 4, they would probably command fees of above £10 million each. But with Abramovich’s spending record at Chelsea, the fees may seem very manageable.