24-year old Basque midfielder Ander Herrera was a deadline day target for Manchester United, but it later emerged the club weren’t willing to meet the players £30.5m release clause, so the deal fell through. The Daily Mail are claiming that United will return with a £30.5m offer when the January transfer window opens in four months time.
The whole Herrera situation was quite frankly one big mess. Many media outlets were claiming that personal teams had been agreed with the player, and he was willing to take a pay-cut to force the move through. Eventually though, it emerged that United weren’t willing to meet Herrera’s buyout clause because officials from the Manchester club thought it was too much to pay.
The Bilbao midfielder held a press conference yesterday to clear things up, and he stated that he is extremely happy that a club like United were interested in him, but at no time did the player have contact with officials from Old Trafford. The Spanish U21 international also stated that he’ll continue to do his best for the Basque side.
Many United fans felt that the club needed to sign two midfielders this summer, and they added one in the form of Marouane Fellaini. You feel a player like Ander Herrera would’ve complimented Fellaini perfectly, and who knows, if United are struggling come January the clubs interest could be renewed.