David Moyes refused to pay more than Fellaini’s £23.5 million release clause but Everton tried to play hard ball and demanded £27.5 million.
The 25-year-old’s decision to hand in an official transfer request allowed Moyes to sign him for his release clause fee. If he hadn’t of made that choice, there is a possibility that the move may not have materialised if a fee could not have been agreed on.
Everton claimed still claimed that Fellaini was sold in a £27.5 million deal but it seems that was not the case at all which is a bit of an embarrassing claim on their behalf and it was one that caused a backlash among United fans. It could have been Kenwright’s way of getting the last laugh.
Moyes’ apparent decision to pay £27.5 million for Fellaini caused outrage among fans because of his £23.5 million release clause that expired just four weeks earlier, so it is good news that he got his man for the right price.
It is also fantastic to hear that Fellaini waived a big chunk of his own money to ensure that the move went through as quickly as it could on deadline day. If he can show that sort of commitment to United on the pitch as well as off the pitch, it won’t take long before Fellaini is a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford.