After Manchester United reportedly failed with a £12million bid for Everton left-back Leighton Baines, David Moyes is likely to return with an offer of £16million in the hope of securing a deal.
Everton have said the England international is not for sale at any price. But at 28, and with just two years left on his current contract, Bill Kenwright may feel the improved offer is too good to turn down. Although you sense he is holding out for something closer to £20million.
Another player who looks set for Old Trafford is Thiago Alcantara, with United reportedly willing to treble his wages should he move from Barcelona. Spanish media have all but given up on the 22-year-old remaining in La Liga, and have criticised the Premier League champion’s midfield for being weak.
Moyes will hope the signing of Thiago will be a big step towards changing that belief.
And finally two men have had their say on the future of Wayne Rooney in recent hours. The first is former United assistant manager Mike Phelan, who has questioned whether the 27-year-old is seeking pastures new.
“Wayne is at the greatest club you can be at,” Phelan said. “Why would you want to jeopardise that?
“Unless you want a fresh challenge and you feel that challenge isn’t being met at Manchester United.”
Whether Phelan is simply supporting the claims of his former manager or voicing his own beliefs remains to be seen.
But if Rooney does leave Old Trafford, Jack Wilshere would be more than happy to welcome him to the Emirates Stadium.
The forward has long been linked with a move to Arsenal, and now Wilshere has had his say on the prospective move.
“Rooney is the type of player who can win you trophies,” he said. “Just to see his name on the team-sheet brings fear to the opposition.”
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