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Manchester United will face competition in the race for Everton full-back Leighton Baines from Bayern Munich, according to the Daily Star.

Baines has been one of Everton’s most consistent performers in recent years, while his excellent form this term has helped him stake a claim for a regular starting spot with England.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for the 28-year-old in the January transfer window, and while that looks unlikely a summer swoop could be on the cards.

According to the Daily Star, Sir Alex Ferguson fancies taking the free-kick specialist to Old Trafford as a replacement for Patrice Evra at the end of the season.

However Manchester United may face competition from European giants Bayern Munich who are also eyeing a move for the £15 million-rated star.

The Star report that Manchester United opted to channel their resources into signing Robin van Persie over the summer instead of Baines, but could be ready to go again next summer.

“United effectively ran out of money in the summer in terms of their budget for signings,” the Star quote their source as saying.

“They wanted Baines but couldn’t afford him after paying £22million for Van Persie.

“But that deal was too good to miss and Fergie has been proved right in pushing out the boat for RVP.”

The Star also claim that Liverpool are interested in snapping up Baines, but a move across Merseyside would likely prove difficult for the player.

The level of Bayern’s interest in Baines remains unclear, although the Star report that Baines would prefer to stay in the Premier League.

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