The Sunday newspapers have continued their campaign to unsettle Everton’s impressive start to the Premier League season by linking two of the clubs most sell-able assets with a move away from Goodison Park. The reports based on half-truths and rumours claim that Leighton Baines is destined for Old Trafford with Ross Barkley set for a big money move to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
The reports come at a time when Everton are riding high in the top six of the Premier League after the Blues secured their fifth win in six matches with a hard-fought but deserved victory over Aston Villa. Roberto Martinez and his team are continuing to prove their doubters wrong, many of whom tipped the Blues for a fight at the bottom end of the table rather than the top.
With Barkley now an important part of the Everton set-up, Bill Kenwright would be unlikely to sanction the sale of the young Evertonian.
The rumours linking Baines with a move away for Goodison have persisted throughout the season and Manchester United’s indifferent form has done little to quieten the tabloid press. Despite Baines approaching his 29th birthday the reported £15m fee continues to massively under value the England left back. Everton do not sell cheaply and are unlikely to entertain Manchester United unless David Moyes returns with a significant offer, over and above £20m.