The Rumour Mill, Season 2011-12

United look at Baines for just £5M

23/04/2012 | Comments (42)
Manchester United are supposedly weighing up a summer move for Everton full-back Leighton Baines as well as Valencia defender Jordi Alba.

They claim that Manager Sir Alex Ferguson sees the England international Baines as a long term replacement for captain Patrice Evra.

And United apparently believe they will be able to snap up the defender for as little as £5million due to Everton's financial situation.

Original Source: Daily Mail

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Eric Myles
737   Posted 23/04/2012 at 05:22:06

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Funny but I was thinking exactly the same thing watching the match yesterday. (not the price tag though)
Jamie Barlow
747   Posted 23/04/2012 at 08:16:04

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£5 million, what a load of bollocks. Who writes this sort of shite?
Paul Thompson
749   Posted 23/04/2012 at 08:23:14

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The Daily Mail.
Paul Ellam
768   Posted 23/04/2012 at 09:54:53

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Stick a 2 in front of the 5 and it will be more realistic!
Having said that, if baines wants to go then we don't have a great deal of choice. What it illustrates to me is that the likes of baines, fellaini and jelavic will be tempted elsewhere if the club shows no ambition this coming summer. Very good players want to play in a team of other very good players - can the club match their ambitions? The jury is out!
Jamie Barlow
776   Posted 23/04/2012 at 10:32:27

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Oh yeah, i didn't see that.

Says it all really.
Paul David
781   Posted 23/04/2012 at 10:48:04

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£5m bollocks,nothing else needs to be said really.
Jeremy Benson
782   Posted 23/04/2012 at 10:48:29

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If we were genuinely that hard-up that we couldn't refuse a miserly £5 million for Baines in the summer, then we simply wouldn't have bought jelavic, gibson, and paid donovan loan wages.

So it all points to a poor standard of journalism in this country, again.


Brian Waring
783   Posted 23/04/2012 at 10:59:29

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We turned a big offer down for Jags, so why would we be tempted by £5m for Baines.
Nick Entwistle
785   Posted 23/04/2012 at 11:01:16

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This is a good article on why he probably wont be going anywhere... hope so too.

http://hereisthecity.com/2012/04/19/will-leighton-baines-decide-it-is-time-to-leave-everton/
Bob Skelton
787   Posted 23/04/2012 at 10:57:52

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£5 Million for Baines......You are having a laugh. Get the RS to do the evaluation!! With their track record of £20 Million for the likes of Downing and Henderson he must be worth at least £30 Million..................
Eugene Ruane
789   Posted 23/04/2012 at 10:52:08

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I love this line..

"..But Ferguson has been monitoring him for the past two years"

I actually love the image it conjures up.

ie: Ferguson, in a darkened room (in a James Bond baddie-style 'lair') Persian cat on lap, watching two years-worth of Baines highlights.

"Yes....yes...you are coming along nicely Mr Baines VERY nicely...and soon I shall make my move... Mwahaha...mwahahahahah...MWAHAHAHAHAH!!!"

The Daily Mail?

Full of shite from first to last page - a nasty, small-minded, morally-bankrupt, arse-wipe of a rag.
Dean Adams
793   Posted 23/04/2012 at 11:42:49

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Fergie can have him for 5 killion, when we get Rooney on a free, with his wages paid by Alex personally for the next five years, Until then, fuck off Fergie you Manc.
Dean Adams
794   Posted 23/04/2012 at 11:46:51

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Killion?!! That should of course been million.
Jan Kaiser
798   Posted 23/04/2012 at 11:54:51

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They must be joking - 5 million that's an insult to Everton and to Leighton Baines. We might be penny less but we're not broke and I'm sure we wont sell one of our best player for anything near 5 mill - must be at least 15 mill and personally I still think that's not enough.

Please please please let us keep the best players and build from there - COYB
Steve Smith
808   Posted 23/04/2012 at 12:52:51

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Ha ha, cheeky fuckers ! (the Mail that is) £5M? by the end of this summer, Baines will be the established first choice left back for England, he's worth at least £20M now, a good Euro 2012 and that could be quite a bit more.
Dave Francis
810   Posted 23/04/2012 at 12:50:38

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Baines is going nowhere. I see silly season has started already. First of all, Moyes is not stupid and secondly I believe he will continue to strengthen the team and not weaken it by selling our best players.
COYB
Peter Laing
812   Posted 23/04/2012 at 13:03:50

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Ever stopped to think though that Baines may actually want to test himself at a club with ambition and have the chance to play Champions League football and the opportunity to win some honours. If Kenwright was able to back Moyes we may have been challenging Newcastle for 4th spot this season, imagine if Jelavic had been with us all season?
Paul David
815   Posted 23/04/2012 at 13:13:25

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Peter even if Baines put in a transer request the money I would expect for baines would be £18m,£25 if he was happy to stay.
Adolf Ng
820   Posted 23/04/2012 at 13:34:16

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OK, now Baines is the PL league team of the year, so, perhaps should put a zero behind "5" now?
Peter Laing
828   Posted 23/04/2012 at 13:52:20

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Paul and Adolf, you are forgetting that we have a history with Manchester United of selling below the market value and receiving their unwanted players into the bargain. I have been suspicious since Gibson was the latest player to arrive from down the M62 for what appeared to be an undisclosed sum or nominal fee. My guess is that Ferguson has first shout on the likes of Baines, Barkley and Rodwell, just an opinion like.
Paul David
829   Posted 23/04/2012 at 13:55:50

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No arguments there Peter but come on £5m is is piss take.
Matt Traynor
830   Posted 23/04/2012 at 13:57:05

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Dean Adams (#793, #794), actually $5 killion sounds like the sort of money BK needs to be tempted to sell to a new buyer!
Dave Roberts
831   Posted 23/04/2012 at 13:56:38

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Jan Kaiser (798)

I love it!

'We might be penniless but were not broke'.

That's what you call putting a gloss on it!!!
Adolf Ng
833   Posted 23/04/2012 at 14:04:07

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Paul (829): spot on. Of course, no one will expect Baines to be sold at 50m but, come on, 5m is just a humiliation !
Dave Roberts
834   Posted 23/04/2012 at 14:01:18

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As for Baines being valued by the Daily Fascist at £5m....while I can't say I have actually 'seen' every left-back in the world, thinking about those I have seen, I can't think of anyone better than Baines at the moment. I stand to be argued with on that but at least if it's arguable it means that Baines is up there with the best of them and hence probably worth about £30m.

Top class attacking full-backs are a very valuable commodity these days.

£5m? Cheeky bastards.
Adam Bennett
835   Posted 23/04/2012 at 14:13:26

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''By Sportsmail Reporter''.

Even the journo who wrote it knows this is a pile of shite, otherwise he would have put his name to it.

Faceless gobshite.
Dave Roberts
842   Posted 23/04/2012 at 14:32:58

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'Sportsmail Reporter' could be a codeword for 'Freelance' or somebody put up by Manchester Utd to provide this snippet for printing in an attempt to unsettle the player. Didn't we see this kind of thing repeatedly about Rooney and Lescott for quite a while before they actually went.
Lee Gray
862   Posted 23/04/2012 at 15:52:53

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Rumour has it there could be a straight swap with Rooney.

Well we can all talk nonesense can't we!
Tom Bowers
870   Posted 23/04/2012 at 16:23:25

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Okay guys let's forget all the crap that the media puts out. It's getting to the end of the season and already we have these crazy rumours. The real problem is the agents who obviously are out to make money and when ''their'' clients move they can get something out of it.
The players themselves may or may not want to move for different reasons and as we all know Everton have to sell before they can buy and therefore our best players come under scrutiny or are targets of the rumourmongers.
I cannot see much change with the Everton squad in the Summer except for sure I feel Drenthe will not be brought back and it is possible young Rodwell with his injury record (ala James Vaughan )may be an option to bring in cash along with Anichebe.
The older Pro's may also be 'let go' such as Cahill,Distin,Neville and Osman to free up some wage space for more loan deals. Other than that don't expect much change
Mark Riding
875   Posted 23/04/2012 at 16:45:01

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We all mock the £5m price tag mentioned..

What if ?
Season ticket sales are not as expected ?
New kit dosent sell well ?

£5m is a joke.. but if the above happens, would £8m - £10m be considered by Kenwright ?? I bet you it would if it saved his arse from the banks.
Nick Entwistle
876   Posted 23/04/2012 at 16:45:34

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'Sportsmail reporter' is used when the editor tells a hack 'I need 200 words, now!' Plus they'll have this crap on file ready to bring out at a moments notice... doesn't mean anything
Ian Glassey
877   Posted 23/04/2012 at 16:49:11

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Best left back in the country, and should have been in last years P.F.A. team... well played Bainesy.
Micky Norman
884   Posted 23/04/2012 at 17:08:51

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Eugene, please don't disrespect the Daily Mail. It happens to be softer on the arse and much more absorbent than the other tabloids.
Kev Johnson
887   Posted 23/04/2012 at 17:32:05

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Dave (842) is right. "Sportsmail reporter "does mean "freelancer". Either someone's rung in with the story and got a bit of money for it, or one of their regular odd job writers has been commissioned to get the inside info. It's called a "floater" in the trade - not a toilet reference but meaning that it may or may not be true and it's being launched to see if it will glide/float!

There's no big conspiracy going on just because there is no name next to the piece.

I detest the Daily Mail for its politics and point of view, but it's very professionally put together.
Jeremy Benson
892   Posted 23/04/2012 at 17:38:49

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I don't buy newspapers anymore, and I've generally stopped watching the news on TV either. There seems to be a huge amount of made-up stuff about. Even the weather forecasting has taken such a dive in the last 18 months that for my area they can be 10 degrees out, everyday seems to be a guess of generality (Cloudy, with occasional showers, and chance of sunyn spells. No shit sherlock, thats the uk weather for 90% of the year, thats not a forecast thats a statistically likely outcome).

These days I just look on the web for news, use several different sources across the world, and make my own mind up to whether it is true, or just a lazy journo making up a story at their desk because they no longer know how to get stories since they cant hack phone voicemail anymore.



Ian Bennett
953   Posted 23/04/2012 at 20:47:06

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It was in the Sunday Mirror. I don't know which worst, The Mirror for making it up or the Mail for copying it. What next? United in for Felli for £2m. Prats.
David Hallwood
955   Posted 23/04/2012 at 20:47:20

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I wonder if the journo who wrote that load of shite did it before Baines was named in the PFA team of the year. Plus as it was the Daily Mail was the headline 'Baines to replaced by an asylum seeker'.
Tim Locke
989   Posted 23/04/2012 at 22:49:13

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Fair is fair and SAF said in return we can have Welbeck, Rooney and Nani for £7m. The bank were keen and happy to lend Bill the extra £2m, the only problem is big Bill has spent the £5m Baines money on extra lawn mowers and told SAF that we need we to pay the £7m in instalments, which SAF is not happy about.
Paul Holmes
013   Posted 24/04/2012 at 02:41:15

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Sell Moyes to Utd after our last match made him look better than he is... Quick, take the cash before he reverts to type (the last two derby matches).
Chris Davies
157   Posted 24/04/2012 at 17:48:13

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Fergie probably said to the Daily Mail after the game on Saturday
"That lad at left back is pretty good,.. He was the first left back to keep Valencia in his pocket for a while. I might give 'em 5mil (given his age)"
Jim Knightley
263   Posted 25/04/2012 at 00:55:37

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Yeah, typical Daily Mail brainless shit.

For Baines, the minimum we would take is 15million imo, and even then I would expect more. If he were made available, several clubs would be interested, as he is better than every left back in this league, with the possible/probable exception of Ashley Cole.
Jimmy Sørheim
279   Posted 25/04/2012 at 05:07:28

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I will consider it likely that Moyes made a deal with Ferguson, as Gibson came to us for a reduced price, as may Baines, and as you all know Moyes has integrity so he will keep his word if he made such a deal.

I hope it is not true because if it is then that is the final nail in the coffin for Moyes, he gave away Yakubu for a drasticly reduced price, so what is next?

This story smells bad, but I do not doubt for a second that Moyes would have been and still is that stupid.

After all, he did give away Yakubu for 1|.25 million after he bought him for 11.25mill
Also he made a deal with Harry to not play Saha, though Harry knew better then Moyes and did it anyway as it is against regulations..

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