Red Devils may now just focus on landing giant Belgium instead.
Everton have told Premier League champions Manchester United that they will need to cough up a whopping £50 million in order to buy Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines this summer, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The Red Devils have been keeping close tabs on both players since the end of last season, and have so far seen two bids for the pair rejected out of hand by the Merseyside giants.
The second of those offers only arrived at Goodison Park on Thursday night and was valued at £38m, however, Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright informed his counterpart from Old Trafford that he will only allow the duo to leave the club this season if United meet his £50m valuation.
So far, both players have told new Everton head coach Roberto Martinez that they want to depart Merseyside and move to United before the close-season transfer window closes for business on Sept 2, with it understood that the Spaniard is more willing to let the Belgium international join United than his left back.
And of the two players, it is far more likely that the champions would pay £25m for the younger Fellaini than they would for his older team-mate, who at 28 would have no re-sale value to the champions.