It means nothing because we live in a football world where if a player wants to go to a certain big club or if a club wants a certain player, there are plenty of ways for those parties to get round various obstacles.
Unless there is a legal agreement between David Moyes at Old Trafford and Bill Kenwright at Goodison Park, that agreement doesn’t mean much because if Moyes wants one of his former players, he can easily get him.
Bear in mind that Brendan Rodgers had a similar agreement with Swansea City when they gave him permission to go and talk to Liverpool about his current job at Anfield.
In the same summer, Rodgers completed a £15 million deal for Joe Allen who was one of Swansea’s most important players and Swansea captain Ashley Williams continues to be linked with a move to Liverpool.
A pact may actually mean more to United fans than it does to Everton fans because plenty of Old Trafford followers will expect United to go and sign higher quality and higher profile players this summer.
However, that doesn’t mean that Moyes can’t sound out two of his best former players over possible moves to Old Trafford and Everton haven’t completely ruled out the possibility of them leaving.
The official line coming out of the Toffees is just that they are ‘confident’ that both Baines and Fellaini will be playing for the club next summer.
The other issue that doesn’t seem to come into the equation with this apparent deal is what happens should Fellaini or Baines show a clear desire to move away from the club.
That wouldn’t have anything to do with Moyes going after them. Fellaini for example suggested earlier in the season that he would only consider a long deal with Everton should they finish in the top four, which is now not going to happen.
That means that the player is up for grabs and Moyes is well within his rights to try and sign them for United because they want to leave Everton, not because he’s gone back on his agreement.
It seems to be a pact which is based around the honesty and decency of the man that has just gone to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson in the biggest job in football, which creates a pressure he would never have experienced before.
If various negotiations for other Moyes targets go down the pan quickly, Baines and Fellaini are going to start looking like two very appealing transfers to the Scot who could well lay any agreement to rest.
If it’s a legal thing or anything which could get United into serious trouble, that’s the only thing which can stop these deals from definitely going through.
Do you think Moyes will go back on his word?