Everton fans would have been cursing their luck over the last few weeks of the season, as they watched McManaman develop into the player he always promised to be during his first spell with the club.
Roberto Martinez gave the 22-year-old winger a chance to impress in the Wigan first team and he could be tempted into following the Spaniard if he is confirmed as the next Everton boss ahead of next season.
McManaman is still a very young man, which means he could find the appeal of following Martinez a lot greater than a player in a more experienced or older position.
He could see Martinez as crucial in his development as a winger and a midfield player, which could cause him to push for a move away from Wigan.
He also knows the club having spent the majority of his early career at Everton before being moved on and he could return with a point to prove to all of the people who ever doubted him.
It’s a signing which would certainly benefit Everton because it could release someone like Kevin Mirallas from having to play in a wide position, creating an extra option in the attack.
The problem Everton will face if they want to go after McManaman is the length of his contract and the fact Wigan will play hard ball over any deal considering his recent success.
Dave Whelan will know how important it is to retain the club’s best players and he could be unwilling to sell to the person who has just walked away from Wigan, at a crucial time as they enter Championship football.
The winger has three years left on his current deal, which means Wigan are in a position where they’re not under any pressure to sell or to tie the player down to a long term deal.
The only other thing, which could scarper any deal is if Martinez has agreed some sort of deal with Wigan that he won’t try and sign the club’s best players when he settles down into his next confirmed role.
However, similar agreements have been made between Brendan Rodgers and Swansea City and David Moyes and Everton, with Rodgers having already broken his and rumours pointing towards several Everton players being linked with moves to Manchester United.
McManaman looked unplayable in the FA Cup final against Manchester City but his price is something which Everton may struggle to meet.
However, ask any Everton fan if there’s a player they would want to sign from Wigan to follow Martinez and it would probably be McManaman because he knows the club and he fills in a gap in the current team.
Would McManaman be a good signing for Everton? Do you expect him to follow Martinez?