So apparently, Manchester United have bid £62 million over the past 24 hours

Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United have been linked with bidding for three players over the past 24 hours.

Manchester United have left their spending late, that's if it happens at all.

Red Devils fans have had to wait, and wait, and wait amid many a transfer rumour this summer, and in the past 24 hours their efforts have been claimed to have stepped up.

In fact it is speculated that United have offered a combined £62 million for three players.

Those are Marouane Fellaini, Leighton Baines, and Ander Herrera.

Athletic Bilbao have rejected United's £26 million offer for midfielder Herrera, stating firmly they are not open to negotiation.

This does not mean the avenue for his signature is closed; Herrera has a £31 million release clause written into his contract, which they conceded cannot stop him leaving if the 24-year-old indicates he wants out.

Closer to home, Everton have also knocked back a joint £36 million bid from United for both Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.

There have been hints both want to leave for United, but Everton as a whole and manager Roberto Martinez are holding firm - demanding £25 million each for the duo.

So what do United do now, having supposedly released £62 million from their coffers, only to strike out in each case?

Clearly they have the money at their disposal to make new additions, but are not managing it in the right way; a reflection of their summer so far.

Had they not wasted time and effort on Cesc Fabregas in July, they could have already signed Fellaini for his now expired £23.5 million release clause, but perhaps it seems the decision to leave it was based on the fact they hoped he could get him on the cheap.

United need to prioritise who it is they want, and pay the asking price for the targets they desire the most, even if it means paying more than they feel is the market value.

A left-back is not a priority, certainly not for the £25 million demanded by Everton for Baines; and so United could snap up Fellaini and Herrera for £56 million, bolstering their midfield options with a touch of brawn and technique - and leaving Patrice Evra be at left-back.

How should United spend the money? Who should be a priority?


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