The Gunners will meet with the 30-year-old’s agents on Wednesday to thrash out terms ahead of a free transfer move at the end of June.
Any deal must wait until after the World Cup finals. Fellaini was named in Roberto Martinez’s final 23-man Belgium squad to travel to Russia.
After entering the final month of his contract, Fellaini is now able to negotiate with English clubs. There is, however, no guarantee that he will sign for the London club; AC Milan offered the Belgian a contract earlier this year and are not yet out of the running.
It’s claimed Arsenal are looking to offer the former Everton man a two-year deal, likely to be extended by options, as well as a salary closer to that which he is seeking. With no fee to pay, there is greater flexibility at the Gunners disposal than for other deals.
Unai Emery is known to admire Fellaini, whom he tried to take to Paris St-Germain in the January window.
The deal the Spaniard was keen on then may be about to happen.