Arsenal have reportedly trigged Marouane Fellaini’s £24million release clause and are now favourites to sign the Belgian midfielder.

16/1 at the start of the day, Sky Bet have slashed the odds of Fellaini moving to the Emirates to as small as 6/4.

After an amazing season, many of England and Europe’s elite have been linked with a move for Fellaini, who has previously stated his desire to play elsewhere.

Arsene Wenger has made no secret of the fact he has money to spend this window as the club look to move from fourth place position to title contenders.

Given the fact both Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby can’t avoid injury, a world-class centre midfielder is high on Wenger’s agenda and Fellaini fits the bill perfectly.

Prior to the news, Manchester United had been heavy favourites to sign Fellaini, given the fact former Everton manager David Moyes recently took the reins at Old Trafford. Chelsea were another English side linked with the midfielder, but Arsenal have come out of the traps the quickest as they look to start their transfer business early this year.

Fellaini replacement

The midfielder actually hasn’t left the club yet, however new Everton manager already has a replacement lined up.

Roberto Martinez looks set to raid his old club of the talented James McCarthy. The Irish midfielder will certainly leave the DW Stadium this year and he looks set to follow Martinez to Goodison Park.

McCarthy was another midfielder linked with Arsenal, however if they do sign Fellaini than they won’t make a move for the Wigan star.