According to several sources Manchester United made an approach for Everton left-back Leighton Baines that was duly rejected by the Toffees at the end of last week.
Quite frankly this was a predictable development. We were all just waiting for David Moyes to go back in for easily his most affective player at his former team and even before the Scot took over from Sir Alex Ferguson United were being linked with Baines.
The likelihood is we have not heard the end of this transfer development; as United will likely ruthlessly pursue the man.
And the immediate thought turned to Alex Buttner; United’s current left-back replacement option.
Buttner only featured sporadically last campaign and impressed when he did enter the fray; at least in an attacking aptitude.
And with Baines’ potential arrival the question over his future at the club was raised.
But surely Patrice Evra is more likely to depart the club if Baines is brought in?
Some reports today have already suggested that the Frenchman is perturbed by his clubs pursuit of a player clearly viewed as a replacement to his services.
Evra is 32-years-old and while that by no way means his career is dwindling toward retirement he is no spring chicken either.
Buttner is just 24 and has recently been called into the Dutch national team so is certainly one for the future and if Baines is brought in the perfect replacement foil for him at Old Trafford.
Considering the pair also have similar playing styles that would result in the team not having to adapt much were Baines to ever miss a game; not something he does often anyway.
For Evra his time may be up. It would be a shame because he had an excellent season last year; adding goals to his game as his aerial prowess continued to improve both offensively and defensively.
But Moyes appears ready to line up a replacement who was perhaps the only player in his position who was actually better than him last campaign.
For Baines it would be an excellent move, and as much as it pains me to say as an Everton fan, one he would be foolish not to take up. The chance to play Champions League football is an opportunity to good to pass up and it may present him with the best chance yet to usurp Ashley Cole at international level.
It may mean the end for Evra, with a return to Monaco already being mooted, but it could just be the beginning of a great era for Baines as the star left-back for both club and country.
As for Fabio; well his future certainly looks like it lies away from Old Trafford.
Do you think losing Evra is a worthy sacrifice to have Baines arrive?
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