Recently, Moyes increased a previous offer of £28 million—an attempt that was vehemently rebuked by Everton. Alan Meyers, the club’s director of communications, described the offer on their official website as “derisory and insulting.”
His latest attempt will reportedly include £35 million in order to land the intriguing pair, per ESPN FC:
But even that doesn’t seem to be enough for Everton to even consider shipping away its stars to Old Trafford. Fellaini would command £20 million of that sum, according to Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror. However, the Belgium international is much more valuable to the club refusing to let him go. Earlier in August, his contract’s £22 million release clause expired.
This is business. Everton manager Roberto Martinez has something Moyes, the club’s former boss wants and will manipulate the situation as much as possible to get top dollar. The longer it plays out, the more leverage Martinez has over Moyes.
But it doesn’t appear Everton is even remotely interested in working out a transfer. Whether it’s an attempt to command more cash or genuine disinterest, Martinez summed up his thoughts on the potential sale rather succinctly:
Everton manager says David Moyes's £28m bid for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines is "waste of time".— Kryss 'dboss Molokwu (@kryssthaboss) August 20, 2013
However, if Moyes is determined he should up the offer by giving Everton fair value for Fellaini and a little more to sweeten the pot for Baines. United are defending champions, but they could definitely use the some help maintaining their edge over their Premier League foes.
How high should Moyes offer for the pair?
After missing out on some other top targets this summer, it makes sense for Moyes to remain persistent as the September 2 deadline approaches. His familiarity with the two while leading them at Goodison Park would result in an invaluable return for his investment. Adding them into the fold could be the difference maker not just in England, but when going up against the best Europe has to offer in Champions League fixtures.
As a two-way player, Baines brings excellent all-around skills to the table. He’s earned the distinction as one of the top left-backs in England as a result of his tireless work ethic on the pitch. Fellaini’s ability to effectively advance the football would give the side yet another option for an already potent attack.
This isn’t the situation to squabble over nickles and dimes. Moyes is in the driver's seat of one of the most prestigious positions in Premier League football and needs to do whatever it takes to ensure his new club stays on top.