James goes on to suggest that he will turn to Everton to end his frustration in the transfer market that will allow him to bring some players who he knows very well into the set-up at Old Trafford.
Both Fellaini and Baines for £35 million? That would be unbelievable business but there is little chance that Everton would accept given that if they were sold separately, the Merseyside club could likely generate in excess of £40 million.
Many fans are bemoaning the prospect of Fellaini joining United but a lot of them are the same fans that nodded in appreciation whenever he had a great game last season. They have been spoiled by the tantalising prospect of Thiago or Fabregas joining that now makes the thought of Fellaini joining a meager signing in comparison.
But Fellaini would bring a lot to United’s midfield. He would sit deep and allow Carrick to adopt a more advanced role that could provide a fruitful partnership we have lacked for years.
And as for Baines, why wouldn’t we want the best left back in the league? Patrice Evra isn’t getting any younger and despite his promise, Fabio isn’t ready to take over the left back role on a full time basis.
Fabio’s situation carries parallels with Gary Neville’s retirement after which United fans wanted to see Rafael as his successor but knew that he wasn’t ready for it straight away. Two years down the line, he has moulded himself into one of the best right backs in the league and United fans hope that Fabio can now
The biggest hurdle in signing Baines would be persuading him to give up guaranteed first team football to fight for his spot alongside Evra and convincing Everton to let him leave.
For £35 million, Fellaini and Baines would be a fantastic piece of business for United which is precisely why it won’t happen. Everton are likely to stand firm if David Moyes does try to raid his old club safe in the knowledge he will come back with a higher offer.