Manchester United made very public attempts to sign the left-back over the summer with David Moyes unconvinced by the alternatives to Patrice Evra down the left side of United’s defence.
With the Frenchman into his 30s, Moyes is likely to want a top quality, reliable defender to walk into the side when he’s not available, decides to move on or retires.
There have been suggestions that the reason it took United so long to do a deal for Marouane Fellaini on the last day of the summer transfer window is because the club were desperately trying to get Baines included in the same deal.
The thing that would make it substantially more difficult for United to get their hands on Baines is a new contract for the defender, which is why news of a delay is so significant.
“At the moment, all we are focusing on is games and any individual contracts or situations are put aside. In the last two games, once the window was closed, it's closure and he can concentrate on his football,” said Martinez.
The first problem that creates for the Old Trafford side is it makes him instantly more valuable to Everton.
The Toffees will have a price they wouldn’t be able to turn down for Baines and that number will only get bigger and more expensive, the second Baines puts pen to paper on a new deal.
The second major problem it creates is that it’s evidence Baines would have made up his mind to stay at Everton for the rest of his career.
There are reports he wanted to sign for Manchester United but was refused the chance to move to Old Trafford, allowing Roberto Martinez time and space to speak with the player, convincing him to stay with Everton.
It would be pointless for Baines to accept any new deal which is subsequently put in front of him, if he was still thinking of a move away.
“To be able to score goals from dead-ball situations is a massive strength in any team and he's in a moment where the next three or four years will be the best in his career,” added Martinez.
United have hope because at the moment, neither of those problems are in their way and they could still try and work on a deal to go through when the winter transfer window opens.
Do you think United will go after Baines again?
image: © wonker