Arsenal have already opened talks with Everton for midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Daily Star Sunday says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger faces competition from David Moyes at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and Napoli's Rafa Benitez.

Gunners coach Wenger launched the first shot in the summer battle for 6ft 5ins Fellaini, 25, by ­informing the Toffees in midweek that his club are willing to meet his buy-out terms.

But the north Londoners are ­unlikely to be at the front of the queue for too long as new ­Manchester United and Chelsea bosses, Moyes and Mourinho, ­respectively, prepare to enter the race officially.