Everton FC confirmed on Monday morning that they have rejected a joint bid from Manchester United for their star players Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
Everton can confirm that it has received bids from Manchester United for two players. Those bids were immediately rejected out of hand as derisory and insulting.
The Club did not make public these details as it was vital Roberto Martinez’s preparations for the opening game of the Premier League season were not disrupted in anyway.
The move by Moyes is not a statement of intent by any means. He is simply going back to what he knows. It’s hard to see the value in signing Leighton Baines. Moyes already has Patrice Evra at his disposal, and while he isn’t getting younger, Baines at 28, does not look like a long-term replacement and one would think that he would command a large transfer fee. It just doesn’t seem like an overly practical addition.
Fellaini would also look like Moyes settling for a player who was by no means his first choice. He made his pursuit of Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas very clear and now that he has failed in his attempts to sign him, he seems to be turning his attention to his former compatriot. Roberto Martinez confirmed that Fellaini had a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave for £22.5 million, but that clause has now expired. If Moyes was truly interested he surely would have tried to sign if before the clause had expired.
I can’t imagine these players filling the United players or fans with a whole lot of extra confidence. They aren’t bad players by any means but they are not the high profile signings that one would associate with Manchester United. They wouldn’t necessarily fall under the category of ‘panic buys’ but I imagine that fans and players would expect better signings. As of now the bid has been rejected and Everton would expect a lot more money if the bid was to be accepted.
This bid must be of huge concern to Everton fans. Fellaini and Baines are their highest profile players and Martinez will do everything in his powers to try and keep them. The lure of Champions League football and possibility of winning silverware is definitely higher at Old Trafford so a move may be difficult to turn down. This looks like another transfer saga that will go right down to the end of the window.