If a list was created containing the players that Manchester United came close to signing, it would house a lot of players. The English Premier League giants may be one of the biggest clubs in the world that have big pulling power but there are still some players they have courted in the past that either refused to join them or were blocked by their clubs to seal the transfer. One of those players is Leighton Baines and the former Everton left-back has revealed that there was truly a time when the Old Trafford giants tried to acquire his services, but the move did not go on due to some reasons.
Baines is highly regarded as one of the best left-backs in the history of the Premier League and it comes as no surprise that a club like Manchester United wanted to sign him. Aside from the fact that he had a very brilliant output in attack as well as his impressive defensive abilities, Baines was a great set-piece taker and did justice to the free-kicks, penalties, and corner-kicks he took.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that the club is yet to open contract talks with young midfielder Tom Davies who has two years left on the new deal that he signed in April 2019. Ancelotti talked about Davies and his contractual situation at Goodison Park earlier this month in one of his recent press conferences.
Ancelotti is not afraid of losing a young and vibrant midfielder like Davies with the Everton manager confident that his future lies on Merseyside as he challenged the player to build a solid Everton career just like it was obtainable with club legends Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman.
At every football club, there comes a time when some players would have to either hang their boots and call time on their football career or have to consider moving to another club for the purpose of having an entirely different adventure. For Everton Football Club, a player of such caliber is Leighton Baines; one of the best left-backs in the history of the English Premier League.
Baines’ reputation as an Everton and a Premier League great is a well-earned and well-deserved one, given how the former defender was always putting in performances that would eventually prove to be vital and essential for his team. Also a former captain of the Everton squad, Baines had every necessary ingredient to becoming a truly colossal leader and player, and he did not fail to prove that anytime he stepped onto the pitch.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has explained the decision taken by club legend Leighton Baines to retire at the end of last season. Leighton Baines is undoubtedly one of the best left-sided players in the rich history of Everton and the ex-England national team player decided to hang his boots professionally at the end of the last campaign. Leighton Baines ended his lengthy career as an Everton player last summer. He had spent 12 hugely successful years with the Toffees following his move from Wigan Athletic.
His last appearance for Everton came during the 3-1 loss at home to Bournemouth on the final day of last season in the Premier League. The result was not enough to save visitors Bournemouth from suffering relegation. Leighton Baines has become a coach at Everton on the back of his decision to end his playing career at the age of 35. Leighton Baines is now the performance development coach at Everton. Read More
Everton legend Leighton Baines has returned to the club in a coaching capacity having retired as a player in the summer. The 35-year-old had announced his retirement from football to club officials shortly before the last game of last season. Leighton Baines took the decision as he was unselfish despite the request from Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti, for him to stay on as the left-back back-up to first choice Lucas Digne.
His last game as an Everton player was the 3-1 loss to Bournemouth on the final day of last season in the Premier League. The England international played the final 20 minutes of that game.He played 420 games for the Toffees during a 13-year playing career at Goodison Park.Leighton Baines signed for Everton in 2007 as he left WiganAthletic to join the club. In addition to his playing career at both WiganAthletic and Everton, Leighton Baines was capped 30 times by the England national team. Read More
Nantes are close to signing highly rated Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella. The youngster is set to leave Anfield in order to get first team football.
Chirivella, 23, is expected to turn down a five-year deal with the Reds and move on this summer following interest from the French outfit. According to French tabloid FootSur7, a deal has been done with Nantes with the player undergoing a medical at Nantes a few days back. They also report that Chirivella has signed a three-year deal with Nantes as he seeks first-team football.
LA Galaxy are interested in signing Leighton Baines of Everton for free in the summer. The club recently announced the arrival of Chicharito is going for another big name signing as they consider the experienced defender as an ideal addition to their squad.
Baines, 35, may fancy the move to the less demanding American game to finish his excellent top-flight career. Sources close to the player will be traveling to California to check the details of the deal and should his family give consent, he will make the move this summer.
Leighton Baines is set to mentoring the young lads in the Everton dressing room. He has signed a new 12-month contract with the club this summer and is one of the senior-most players in the Everton dressing room.
This will be his 13th
campaign with the Liverpool based club. Baines, 34, plays as a left-back in the club. While talking about signing a new contract, Baines said that he gave it quite a thought on how much he can offer to the club. He wanted to stay only when he can help the team. He was always mindful of that and never wanted to overstay his welcome. He will compete with Lucas Digne for the position of left-back in the team.
Wilfred Zaha transfer to Arsenal has dominated the news in recent days as it has been reported that the player wants a move to the club. However, the transfer looks like one that could get drawn out through the summer.
According to latest reports from England Arsenal have offered an initial bid of £40 million for the player which was flatly rejected by the club. Crystal Palace value the attacker more than any player on their team and expect a transfer fee of £80 million.
It is suggested that Palace believe that Zaha as the best player in their team should go for a higher fee than the £50 million United paid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Arsenal have a reduced transfer budget of £40 million due to the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League and this is likely to be a major factor in the transfer.