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Former Everton star Ratcliffe: Baines would be bigger loss than Fellaini

Everton legend Kevin Ratcliffe believes the potential loss of Leighton Baines would hurt the club more than Marouane Fellaini's mooted departure.

Left-back Baines is being linked with a £15million move to Manchester United whilst Belgian midfielder Fellaini is attracting significant interest from Arsenal.

Ratcliffe says if Baines follows David Moyes to Old Trafford, it would leave a much bigger gap than if Fellaini exited Merseyside.

"Marouane Fellaini could also leave but Baines is the main concern," Ratcliffe told talkSPORT. "If he wasn't scoring he was creating goals, I think he created more than any other left-back in the Premier League last year, certainly more than Ashley Cole.

"His free kicks and set pieces in and around the box are quality, and he's improved massively as a defender as well.

"He's a proven international now, he's battling it out with Cole for the number one left-back spot for England, so he'll be a big miss."

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