Baines has enjoyed another productive season at Goodison Park missing only five Premier League games out of 37 and chipping in with four goals and two assists before injury ended his campaign prematurely.
The 27-year-old has been a consistent presence in the Toffees rearguard ever since signing from Wigan in 2007 but with Sir Alex Ferguson on the hunt for a new left back he could be tempted into leaving David Moyes’ side.
Ferguson see’s him as the natural successor to Evra who’s performances this year have been less than convincing prompting the 70-year-old to step up his search for a replacement.
After being given the green light to make a bid by the Glazer family the The Red Devil’s boss had hoped to take advantage of the Merseysiders’ perilous financial situation and pick Baines up for a reduced fee of £6 million.
However with Bayern Munich also interested in the England star, who also has three years to run on his contract, Everton have slapped a £15 million price tag on his head scuppering Ferguson’s hopes of concluding a deal quickly.
With Fabio heading out on loan next season the Scot was hoping to bring Baines to Old Trafford before Euro 2012 to bolster his defensive options and take over Evra’s title as first choice left back.
The veteran Frenchman, who turns 31 next Monday, is no longer assured a place in the starting eleven after a shaky campaign where he’s appeared unable to cope with the pace and physical demands of the top-flight.
Ferguson wants to complete as much summers business as possible ahead the new season and has made signing Baines his first priority.