Marouane Fellaini has been given extra time before joining up with the Belgium national team today in order to sort out his immediate future with a protracted move to Manchester United looking likely.
The 25-year-old has been the subject of two rejected bids from David Moyes and it is expected that the Scot will go back to Everton with a third and final offer today.
There is no indication as to whether Moyes’ third bid will be for Fellaini on his own or whether it will be another dual bid including Leighton Baines.
Everton have already started negotiations to bring in midfielders should Fellaini leave the club in Wigan’s James McCarthy and Manchester City’s Gareth Barry.
Fellaini et Bakkali ne s’entraînent pas aujourd’hui. Bakkali passera un scanner, Fellaini rejoindra le groupe plus tard. #scobel
— Royal Belgian FA (@RoyalBelgianFA) September 2, 2013
Given that Fellaini had a release clause of £23 million that expired earlier this summer and the fact that there are less than seven hours left in the transfer window, Moyes will likely have to pay a premium for the Belgian midfielder.
Moyes’ reluctance to pay Fellaini’s release clause indicates that he may not have been a target of his for the whole summer but Moyes is expected to make one final attempt to bring him to Old Trafford before the window closes at 11pm.