Everton described Manchester United's offer for their two star men as 'derisory', and to be fair it is very hard to blame them - especially so late on in the transfer window.
It appears to us that two key words wrecked United's offer: 'And Baines'.
Marouane Fellaini has been linked with top clubs all summer, and he is a player Manchester United need far more than a new left-back.
Patrice Evra's upturn in form over the past 12 months makes signing Baines a luxury decision when the Red Devils' need for a midfielder is considered a necessity.
United clearly have money at their disposal, and could buy Fellaini if they really got serious about meeting Everton's valuation of the player.
In face if they had come around to the idea sooner, they could have bought the Belgian for £23.5 million prior to July 31 thanks to a release clause in his contract which has since expired.
This joint bid hints that United did not activate it not just because they were focusing elsewhere, but they believed Fellaini worth less than the figure.
Which is all well and good, but as Arsene Wenger's travails at Arsenal have shown, selling clubs not buying clubs hold the cards and if you do not meet the valuation of selling clubs then you will not get the player.
Everton are only likely to be seeking more for Fellaini after his release clause expired, having spent £15 million on him in the first place, overseeing him become one of the Premier League's best midfield players, as United have found out to their cost over the years.
If anybody would have an inkling over Fellaini's value, and the esteem Everton hold him in, you suspect it would be David Moyes - but giving the manager the benefit of the doubt, it could be his superiors who are overseeing the flawed bidding, having simply instructed them to 'go get the players.'
But if United were really serious about getting Fellaini, they should forget the second man in the bid, and send Everton a revised faxed offer, with the heading: '£28 million for Fellaini' and omitting the two words: 'and Baines'.
Everton fans would you take £28 million just for Fellaini? United fans would you be comfortable offering that amount?
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