Manchester United have seen their staggeringly low £28m bid for Everton duo Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini immediately rejected by the Toffees. Its obvious that United weren’t going to start off with a huge bid of £35m+ for the pair, but a bid that low is quite frankly embarrassing.
First of all, United saw their £12m bid for Leighton Baines rejected back in June, meaning that the club value Fellaini at £16m at the very most. A figure which is surprisingly low, especially when you factor in that the Belgian had a £23.5m buyout clause in his contract up until the start of August. This also means that we’ve bid exactly the same as we did for Baines a couple of months ago, where is the logic in that?
There was absolutely no chance Everton were going to sell both of their star players for such a small fee, but Moyes must believe Everton would accept a bid of less than the expired £23.5m buyout clause for the 25-year old.
Baines is arguably the best left-back in the country at the moment, and a £12m offer for him is definitely laughable. For me he’s worth somewhere closer to the £15m mark.
Manchester United must up their bid to at least £35m for the pair for it to be considered, and I reckon it’d take somewhere closer to the £40m mark for Everton to accept a bid.
United have another two weeks to improve on that bid and get their men, as the transfer window closes on the 2nd September at midnight.