Yesterday's reports informed us that the Toffees were unwilling to offload Baines for any price. Today, there's a slightly different angle; the England left-back is indeed for sale and they are prepared to let him go if United up their bid from £12 million to as high as £16m (The Sun) or even as high as £20m with various add-ons (Daily Mirror, Daily Mail).
If that move goes through, Baines's arrival at Old Trafford will likely signal the end of the line for Patrice Evra, who The Sun links to both Monaco and Paris St-Germain back in his native France.
With Moyes set to start work in an official capacity on Monday, making a move for Ronaldo will soon become a priority, but should any deal with Real Madrid fail, Bale will provide a viable alternative.
Across town, Manchester City have listed Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez as one of four targets following the departure of Carlos Tevez to Juventus, The Independent reports. The other three are Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo, Roma's Pablo Osvaldo and Benfica's Oscar Cardozo.
At the same time, City boss Manuel Pellegrini is weighing up a move for Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero. A report in the Daily Mail claims Willy is wanted at the Etihad to provide Joe Hart with competition for the number one jersey.
In other City news, The Guardian reports that Aleksandar Kolarov has dropped a heavy hint that he would be happy to follow Tevez in taking a pay cut and moving to Juventus while City have also "revived interest" in a £17m deal for Real Madrid defender Pepe, according to the Mail. The Spanish capital club are holding out for £21m for the 30-year-old though.
Headline of the day goes to The Sun, for its 'Not Ruddy likely' effort, which introduces the news that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has made a £5m bid for Norwich keeper John Ruddy. The paper claims the Blues must double that offer if they are to stand a chance of landing the England man.
Meanwhile, Mourinho's search for a new striker goes on, with the Daily Mirror claiming that Chelsea will go all-out to sign Robert Lewandowski should they fail in a bid to land Edinson Cavani.
Napoli hitman Cavani is leaning towards a move to Real Madrid - who can afford to meet the Uruguayan's £53m buy-out clause - and with Borussia Dortmund refusing to sell Lewandowski to rivals Bayern Munich, Chelsea are ready to target the Poland international.
Chelsea's move for Dutch sensation Marco van Ginkel has stalled though, according to the Daily Mail, with the Vitesse midfielder looking to preserve his World Cup hopes by playing first-team football - something Mourinho cannot guarantee.
Elsewhere, Sunderland are close to sealing a stunning coup by signing Argentina right-back Gino Peruzzi (Mirror), Everton boss Roberto Martinez is closing in on a £6m move for Aiden McGeady and the Spaniard is also set to take Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcaraz from Wigan (Daily Mail), and Swansea hope to land Wilfried Bony from Vitesse in a £10.2m deal despite Chelsea interest in the prolific striker (Guardian).
Newcastle are also interested in Bony, with Alan Pardew and Joe Kinnear looking to plug a sizeable gap alongside Papiss Cisse. The Independent adds that the Magpies are tracking St Etienne's Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Darren Bent of Aston Villa too.
And finally, Arsenal may have cash to splash this summer, but according to the Daily Express Arsene Wenger is sticking to what he knows best - Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier and Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier are the latest French players to register on the Gunners' radar.
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