Everton and Liverpool fans don’t need an excuse to fall out at the best of times however this summer could be one to rival no other if Leighton Baines decides to change from blue to red.
Liverpool are reportedly keen on signing Baines from their cross-town rivals Everton, and are prepared to offer the Toffees £10 million for the England full-back. It is widely reported that the club’s director of football strategy, Damien Comolli, has identified the former Wigan Athletic man as a target.
The Reds are on the look out for a left-back after the departure of Paul Konchesky, and failed, according to some media reports, in a move to re-sign their former player Stephen Warnock from Aston Villa in January.
It is thought that David Moyes will fight fiercely to retain the services of Baines, who has become a key member of the Everton first team. It may take Liverpool much more than the £10 million they are prepared to offer for the left back. Given the rivalry of the two clubs an offer of £15 million may be required with a little assistance by Baines to force through the transfer.
Not many players have dared cross the divide in recent times however some may remember Nick Barmby moving from the blue side to red for £6 million in 2000 while Abel Xavier has also made the switch. This transfer may be the most controversial however since Liverpool’s recent upturn in financial fortunes due to NESV willingness to invest in the squad, meanwhile their neighbours struggle to find an investor.
Liverpool have played Glen Johnson on the left side on a few occasions this season as Fabio Aurelio is unable to keep fit for a prolonged amount of time. Paul Konchesky was never fancied by Dalglish and has since go on loan to Nottingham Forest. Dalglish is no stranger to the rivalry on Merseyside and would love to assert Liverpool’s dominance over their neighbours by acquiring one of their best players.