Old Trafford side close in on long term target.
Manchester United’s summer transfer business may not be finished yet, as ESPN understands the club is considering a last attempt to sign Leighton Baines from Everton.
Besides the fact he is short of options at left-back, Sir Alex Ferguson is a known admirer of Baines as a player and even considered a bid in January of this year.
United were expected to finally initiate a transfer this summer but, when it was made known to them there was a difference of at least £5 million between their evaluation and Everton’s asking price, they cooled their interest and redirected their energies elsewhere.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been tracking Leighton Baines for quite some time and perhaps a last ditch attempt to land the Everton man will bear fruit. David Moyes already saw Jack Rodwell sold to Man City in a £12m deal but the financial situation at the Goodison Park club may be such that another sale is needed to balance the books.
Man United have brought in three signings that improve matters in the final third with Robin Van Persie, Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell joining the club and now the Scot is keen to bring in more strength in depth at the back.
Patrice Evra was perhaps not as consistent a performer as he is known to be last term and Ferguson has himself stated the need to bring in a player to share the load at left-back and Baines is one of the best in his position in the Premier League but he won’t come cheap.
The 27 year old is assured in defence and a key player going forward. The set piece specialist has become a pivotal player in the Everton side and they will be loathed to lose the former Wigan Athletic man.
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