Chelsea will have to shell out around £30m to have any chance of signing Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

The 25-year-old has been in impressive form this season and has attracted attention from a host of top European clubs, including the Blues, and the Daily Star believes the Toffees have now declared the value of their Belgian star. Fellaini has more than three years left on his contract.

Marouane Fellaini

Fellaini, who has eight goals from 16 Premier League appearances this season, has made no secret of his desire to play in the Champions League. The Star's report also claims the Goodison Park club refused an offer of £20m for the 6ft 5in star, who joined them from Standard Liege for a club record fee of £15m in 2008.

David Moyes is keen to keep Fellaini but knows he will need to raise some funds through player sales if he wishes to continue his pursuit of Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair and Molde defender Vegard Forren.

The Star's report also credits Aston Villa and Sunderland with interest in signing Fellaini.

Benitez Eyes Ba-Torres Partnership

Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez is confident that Blues' strikers Demba Ba and Fernando Torres can form a strong partnership. The 27-year-old Senegal international moved from Newcastle United last week and instantly proved his worth, scoring twice on debut to help the west London club to a 5-1 FA Cup third-round win over Southampton.

Demba Ba

"They could play together. Ba was playing with (Newcastle striker Papiss) Cisse last month, so he can play in a two because he is a clever player, but it depends on the players and the game," Benitez told

"I prefer this problem of having two strikers than having to be careful just with one. It is important for the team to have these different options. They are good players and they can compete, or maybe we can manage them together - it depends on the games," the Spanish tactician said.