Red Devils still expect to poach left back before Monday night’s cut-off date though.
Manchester United are still confident of being able to complete a deal for Everton defender Leighton Baines before the summer transfer window closes on Sept 2, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The Premier League champions have been keeping close tabs on the highly rated England international since the end of last season, with a view to bringing Baines to Old Trafford in this campaign.
However, so far the Red Devils have been unable to come to any sort of agreement with their counterparts from Goodison Park over an acceptable fee for the 28-year-old, with the Merseyside giants believed to be demanding in excess of £20 million for the attacking full back.
And the reason that the Toffees are seeking such a large sum for a player of Baines’ age and contract situation, with the left back’s current deal at Goodison now only running until June 2015, is because they themselves have to pay the Englishman’s former club Wigan Athletic 15 per cent of any profit that they make if they sell the player.
Everton bought Baines from the Latics for an initial fee of just £5m in July 2007, although that has subsequently risen to £6m due to certain add ons, meaning Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright is factoring this in to any price for his star defender.