REVEALED: Manchester United and Everton boards fell out over 2014 Tom Cleverley transfer saga – and the ongoing grudge meant furious Red Devils played hardball with today’s opponents over bids for Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero
- Everton take on Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime
- The two sides have had major disagreements at boardroom level in recent years
- Everton tried to sign Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero but United frustrated them
- Everton were also agitated when United sold Tom Cleverley to Aston Villa in 2014
The strained relationship between the two clubs has seen Everton’s attempts to sign Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo from United hit a brick wall in the past 15 months.
It is understood the animosity goes back to 2014, when United agreed to sell Tom Cleverley to Aston Villa for £7.5million.
Manchester United and Everton have had poor boardroom relations in the past
It stems back from when Everton tried to hijack Aston Villa’s move to buy Tom Cleverley (right)
United failed to sell Cleverley as a result and instead he joined Villa on a season-long loan
To compound matters for United, Cleverley eventually joined Everton on a free transfer in 2015
Everton tried to hijack the deal while Cleverley was en route to his medical, but by the time their £5.5m bid was rejected by United it was too late for his transfer to Villa to go through.
Cleverley moved to Villa Park on loan instead, and joined Everton a year later on a free transfer.
The Glazer family are said to have held a grudge against the Toffees ever since, and that played a part in the collapse of negotiations over Romero and Rojo.
Romero was set to move to Everton last month, after dropping down the pecking order of goalkeepers at Old Trafford when Dean Henderson returned to the club from his loan at Sheffield United.
The Argentina international was ready to take a pay-cut to join Everton, but United demanded a £3m loan fee even though they were prepared to loan Romero to other clubs for free.
The Glazer family, who own United, are said to have held a grudge against Everton ever since
The Toffees are owned by Farhad Moshiri (left) with Bill Kenwright (right) the club’s chairman
Everton were only willing to pay £2m and signed Robin Olsen from Roma on deadline day instead.
When the two clubs held talks over Rojo in the summer of 2019, Everton failed with a £22million bid before agreeing a loan deal for the defender – only to be left feeling that United had moved the goalposts by demanding a fee.
The frosty relations were on display again on Wednesday, when Everton called off a Women’s Continental Tyres Cup tie against United at short notice due to concerns over their Walton…