Marouane Fellaini will choose Manchester United over Arsenal should both clubs make a bid for the Everton midfielder this summer.

It is believed Fellaini has made moving to Old Trafford his first choice and is hopeful that United will try to sign him.

Fellaini has a release clause worth around £23.5million in his contract at Everton and neither Arsenal or Manchester United have chosen to trigger it yet.

Both clubs are pursuing other targets first, with Arsenal looking at signing a top-class striker while United are bidding for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Fellaini is aware that both clubs are interested in him but is having to play the waiting game even though his clause expires in less than a month.

However, should both clubs choose to match Everton’s asking price, the presence of David Moyes — who brought him to England from Standard Liege — at United will tip the balance in their favour.

Significantly, the 25-year-old already lives in Manchester and is understood to be settled in the north west.

Moyes is determined to strengthen United’s midfield and is trying to convince Barcelona to sell him Fabregas. An initial £26m bid has been rejected but the club are confident that they can lure the former Arsenal captain from the Nou Camp and are plotting another offer in excess of £30m.