Manchester United has had a £28 million bid rejected for Everton stars Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
According to reports in England, United manager David Moyes has identified the left back and midfield positions as areas that need strengthening and wants to bring the pair to Old Trafford.
The pair are very familiar to Moyes from his time with Everton with the Scot bringing Baines to Everton from Wigan in a £6 million deal in 2007 and signing Fellaini 12 months later from Belgian side Standard Liege in a £15 million deal.
United the tutelage of Moyes both have since gone onto become two of the Premier League’s top players in their positions and established themselves with their national teams.
There has been much speculation over the summer linking Moyes with a move for one or both and now it would appear he has made his move.
However, Everton are determined to keep hold of two of their most important players and have rejected the bid outright, leaving no room for negotiation.
United’s offer of £28million is surprising given that United offered £12 million for Baines earlier in the summer and Fellaini’s release clause which expired at the end of July was £23.5 million. That puts United’s valuation of the Belgian star at the £16 million mark, a sum that Everton will not entertain.
Both players featured for Everton in their 2-2 draw with Norwich on the opening day of the weekend and with the transfer window clock ticking down Toffee’s boss Roberto Martinez would loath losing two of his most influential stars.
Everton has so far resisted United’s advances, the lure of Champions League could prove difficult to resist for both and while Baines has previously indicated his happiness with life at Goodison Park, Fellaini has expressed an interest for playing in Europe’s premier competition.
Back in May, the player, who has stated his happiness with life on Merseyside, was quoted as saying “‘every player wants to play in the Champions League. That is the big competition,’ Fellaini said.”
The move for Fellaini, who can play in an attacking midfield role similar to the role he performed last season or in a defensive midfield capacity, comes after United were rebuffed in their attempts to sign Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas.