Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini has hinted he could follow David Moyes and leave Everton in the summer. The Toffees' boss handled the final game of his Goodison Park career on Sunday, in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea. The Scot will now take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
And since confirmation of his new role, speculation has linked both Fellaini and left-back Leighton Baines with a move to Old Trafford as well.
"If I'm leaving Everton, I say if, it will depend on lots of factors. I only want to go to a club where the manager really wants me. In 2008, Everton did everything to convince me, especially David Moyes. He made me the player I am now," Fellaini explained.
"I'm happy with my season, although I didn't play in my best position. I'm not a number 10. David Moyes predicts my future as a defensive midfielder, but due to a lack of offensive power, he plays me up front. In the future I want to play as a six or an eight. From there, I can create danger and score goals," the 25-year-old added.
United need to replace veteran Paul Scholes, who joined Ferguson in retirement yesterday, and possibly also Darren Fletcher, whose continuing bowel problems leave him unavailable. In addition, Brazilian midfielder Anderson has struggled to establish himself and could leave in the summer, leaving only Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley in the central roles.
Fellaini's switch to Old Trafford could also be helped by the player's desire to play in the Champions League, something Everton cannot offer him for next season. The Belgian has been in good form this season, scoring 11 goals and managing five assists in 30 league appearances.
The Mail believes Chelsea and Arsenal are also interested in the midfielder, who is said to have a £22m release clause.
Former Everton midfielder Peter Reid believes the Toffees may not be able to stop either Fellaini or Baines from joining United.
Baines to United
Meanwhile, 28-year-old Baines may be on the verge of a move as well. The England international was a long time target for Ferguson but he never could persuade Moyes to sell the defender. There should be no problem now, though, in the left-back moving to provide cover and competition for Patrice Evra. Baines has five goals and as many assists from 37 league games this season.