Everton should be pleased with Real Madrid's latest left-back pursuit

Leighton Baines

Guilherme Siqueira has been linked with Real this week; which could turn out to be good news for Everton's hopes of keeping hold of Leighton Baines.

Real Madrid are widely expected to rid themselves of Fabio Coentrao this summer; a player who has never truly been taken to by the Madridista as many fans doubt his commitment.

So a left-back has been mooted as a must buy this summer and depending on the way you look at it the latest news in regards to who they want to bring in to the club is good or bad news for Everton.

Real Madrid are now being linked with the signature of Granada full-back Guilherme Siqueira.

The Brazilian has been in fine form for the club since arriving in 2011 and the 27-year-old was regarded by some as the best left-back in La Liga last season.

But if Real Madrid are going for him that would mean the other team most strongly linked with his signature would lose out; that team being Everton.

Roberto Martinez is said to be a fan of the player and feels he would be an excellent signing for the club; with his transfer value believed to be around the £7 million mark.

But Real will certainly now be the favourites for his signature; making Everton unlikely candidates in competition with their illustrious Spanish rivals.

But while losing out on a great player is one thing; there is good news to be had from this.

Siqueira was reportedly being lined up as a replacement for, not back-up to, Leighton Baines.

Baines was the subject of a failed bid from Manchester United earlier in the summer. United, now managed by former Toffees boss David Moyes, were said to be ready to bid up to £18 million for the player; widely considered to be the best left-back in the Premier League last season.

And quite frankly Everton fans should be pleased Real Madrid’s interest has come when it has.

Without a replacement lined up the idea of selling Baines is certainly not on the agenda for Martinez; with Costa Rica international Bryan Oviedo certainly not capable of replacing a left-back who creates more chances then most of Europe’s best attacking midfielders in a single season.

Real Madrid swooping in should allow Everton more reason to justify rejecting bids from united; however big they become, with their op choice for a replacement likely to be soon off the market.

This is one transfer target Everton should actually hope to lose out on.

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