Manchester United tried very keenly to sign Baines in the summer transfer window, with David Moyes identifying his former player as the man he wanted to eventually replace Patrice Evra for the Premier League champions.
However, if Baines does sign a new long-term deal with Everton, it will make it pointless for several reasons for United to continue trying to sign him.
A new contract instantly adds value to Baines because it makes it more expensive for United to buy out that contract if it runs for a longer period of time.
Considering Baines’ age, 28-years-old, that makes the value questionable when it comes to the amount of cash United would more than likely have to pay to get a deal for Baines worked out.
His current deal at Everton would take him up to his 30s so any new deal would take him well into his 30s.
He’s not the sort of player who would be switched to a rolling contract just yet in his career which means he’d likely sign a two or three year extension which would make him 32 or 33-years-old by the time that new deal expired.
Moyes is clearly a very big admirer of Baines but even he knows the fine line between doing a good value business deal and simply paying way over the odds for a player, which makes no sense.
The option for United if they want to try and get some value is to wait one or two seasons for any new contract to wind down a little bit but considering the current demands on modern full backs, that in itself would then make Baines a bad buy.
United need a young and dynamic left back able to get up and down the wing, showing enough pace to make sure he isn’t caught out of position and to scare the opposition defence going forward.
No disrespect to Baines but his pace and his ample ability defensively and offensively are only going to decrease as he gets a little bit older.
United have two options; they can still try and go after Baines which would take a lot of time and an even bigger amount of money or they can start looking at alternative options to try and invest in this January.
Baines has never shown any desire to leave Everton and his club have never shown any urgency in wanting to sell him.
Whatever he would cost after signing a new deal, £15 million, £20 million or £30 million, he seems set on staying with the Toffees for the rest of his career so Moyes and United would be well advised to put the time and cash to better use.
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