The reunion project supposedly put into place by Manchester United managerial incumbent David Moyes will cost at least £47.5m as the Scotsman will have to offer at least £20m should he return to Everton for in-form full-back Leighton Baines, following on from the £27.5m Marouane Fellaini acquisition on the summer transfer window's deadline day.
The two main roles United need filled during the winter window market are often cited to be left back and playmaking midfielder. While Ander Herrera and Will Hughes have both been speculated as long-term targets for the latter position, it is Baines who remains a primary option for Patrice Evra's ultimate heir.
However, he will not come cheap.
With a passing accuracy of 89% from 512 attempts thus far in 990 minutes of Premier League football, combined with an 82% tackling efficiency from 36 attempts, 21 clearances, 13 interceptions, 48 attempted crosses, 14 created chances and two goals, Baines remains one of the most adept players competent in multiple zones regardless of whether he is in a defensive or offensive position.
At 28-years-old, he is also entering his prime years as an athlete and the £20m price that Manchester Evening News speculate would be enough to convince Everton to do business is only £500k over his transfermarkt.co.uk valuation.
In late August, United attempted to land both Fellaini and Baines in a double bid of £38m, which was rejected as 'derisory'.
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