Manchester United have been ardently hashing out a deal with Everton for Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini after failing in attempts to make double signing to reunite Leighton Baines with his former boss David Moyes.
It now looks as though Baines will remain at Goodison Park with time running out on deadline day. United have also made a ‘release clause triggering’ bid for Athletic Bilbao playmaker Ander Herrera following a failed bid on Friday.
26-year-old Brazilian midfielder Fernando is the subject of a bid from the Toffees according to reports in the last few hours. The Brazil international is a defensive midfielder with exceptional technical quality which would suggest United may have make a breakthrough with their negotiations over Fellaini.
David Moyes has struggled to bring deals for his top targets to fruition this summer after the Red Devils’ failure to acquire Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona and, according to reports in Spain, to ‘gazump’ Real Madrid in their signing of Tottenham’s Gareth Bale on a world record fee confirmed yesterday.
The implication of Everton’s bid for Fernando is excellent news for Manchester United fans who await the announcement of a key signing on deadline day as the Toffee’s sudden interest and pursuit of the midfielder is a clear indication that there is a resignation to losing Marouane Fellaini.
United may well be set to sign both Fellaini and Herrera on deadline day, continuing their tradition of bringing in a major signing in every transfer window since the arrival of Wayne Rooney from Everton back in 2004.
Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Anfield left David Moyes and his United team disappointed but the potential arrival of two top class creative goal scoring talents in their midfield will surely be a boost to morale in the squad as well as faith from the fans.
United struggled to find Robin van Persie on Sunday and clearly missed the injured Wayne Rooney in the final third. The Dutch striker barely got on the ball against Liverpool and an injection of creativity and attacking impetus could be exactly what the English champions need to reinforce their title challenge this term.
image: © gordonflood