Chelsea and Manchester United are set to battle it out for Everton midfield lynchpin Marouane Fellaini by triggering the Belgian’s £22m buyout clause at the end of the season.
The five year deal Fellaini agreed with the Toffees in 2011 allows him to leave Goodison Park is a Champions League team bids enough according the The Times.
Chelsea used a similar approach to lure Newcastle striker Demba Ba to Stamford Bridge last week but may face sterner competition for the services of Fellaini as Alex Ferguson is also said to be interested in the midfielder.
Both clubs look certain to lose veteran midfielders in the summer as Frank Lampard will be allowed leave Chelsea and Paul Scholes is expected to retire.
The 25 year old Fellaini has been a revelation since joining Everton in 2008 after reportedly rejecting advances from Manchester United at the time.
Last night’s goal in the FA Cup third round against Cheltenham was his ninth of the season.