Everton bluntly rejected a 28 million pound joint bid from reigning champions Manchester United for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez was both angered and surprised by the paltry bid from old Trafford and considered the bid a good 10 million short of their valuation. United had offered 16 million for Fellaini and 12 million for Baines.
The bid was placed a fortnight after Fellaini’s 23.5 million clause had expired, a clause which was dictated by Moyes during his tenure at Everton. This comes as a serious blow to David Moyes who has failed to make a star signing in his inaugural season. Moyes was eyeing the midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantra to make up for the loss of veteran Paul Scholes and expected departure of Wayne Roney. Till date Moyes has failed to land any of the targeted players.
Everton paid a club record 17.5 million plus add-ons in September 2008 while Baines was acquired from Wigan for 6 million in 2007. Moyes who was Everton’s manager prior to his move to the old Trafford giants, played a pivotal role in acquiring and nurturing Fellaini and Baines. Manchester United are expected to submit a revised bid as the summer transfer window is approaching its end.
It’s not just Everton though, even the fans do not fancy the bid!
So, United make a 28m joint bid for Fellaini and Baines. No surprise that Everton reject the offer. Could surely get nearer to 40m for them?— michael owen (@themichaelowen) August 19, 2013
Combined 24m for Fellaini and Baines? What are you thinking Callan? I wouldn't sell Fellaini for 24m. What an insult.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) August 19, 2013
Fellaini is worth £20 million and Baines £23 million. If my calculations are right, that's works out at a combined price of £28 million.— David Moyes (@DavidWillyMoyes) August 19, 2013
I love my MUFC but here they are dreaming..What sort of a lame bid is this????... http://t.co/lYT2n2xVyB— Mr Skin (@kwenzini) August 19, 2013
At Everton, David Moyes was fond of saying this: "Everton sell very expensively; that's what we do. We don't sell cheap."— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) August 19, 2013