A deal between Manchester United and Athletico Blibao to bring Ander Herrera to Old Trafford has almost been reached after United offered his £30.5m buy-out fee.
Rumours linking United with the talented Spanish midfielder only began to circulate late last week but have gathered pace over the weekend and now look ominous as the player also agreed to lower his wage demands in an effort to make his United move a reality.
Having purchased no one to strengthen the squad so far this summer, Manchester United look likely to do all their business in the final few hours of the window.
Marouanne Fellaini, Leighton Baines, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Mesut Ozil and even Yohan Cabaye are all rumoured to be possible targets for David Moyes whose long term future could hinge on the outcome of today.
Ravel Morrison is a changed man according to Sam Allardyce and looks set to be handed his first Premier League start.
The ex-United youth product was widely considered to be the standout prospect amongst the multi-talented squad which won the FA Youth Cup in 2011 but struggled with high profile off-field misdemeanours.
This report is taken from SkySports.com regarding a bid made by United for Atletico Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.
Athletic Bilbao say they have turned down an offer from Manchester United for midfielder Ander Herrera.
Club president Josu Urrutia claims a firm bid for the 24-year-old was lodged on Thursday and immediately dismissed.
And Urrutia says the only way Herrera will leave the club is if he demands a move and his release clause – reported to be £30.75m – is met.
Roberto Martinez believes it’s time the powers-that-be sorted out the timing of the summer transfer window to end unhelpful speculation surrounding players.
Martinez was speaking generally in a press conference about how disruptive it is to have transfers available while the season was open and I couldn’t agree more.
He was reacting after United tabled an improved £36m joint-bid for Fellaini and Baines earlier this week but had it swiftly rejected.
They’re only rumours but TalkSport are reporting Leighton Baines has asked his club to allow him to leave thus paving the way for his dream move to Old Trafford.
The Everton fullback has up until now kept completely silent and been praised for his conduct while United attempted to lure him away. But, as the windows-end looms ever larger, it appears Baines has lost patience and changed his tactics.
With time now of the essence to finalise one or two of the ‘will-he won’t-he’ deals to finalise his squad for the season, events in Spain last night could offer David Moyes the opportunity to grab himself a last-minute bargain regardless of what develops with Wayne Rooney.
During Real Madrid’s fixture versus Grenada last night, Mesut Ozil trudged despondently down the tunnel signalling his dissatisfaction at the decision to substitute him.
Did this trigger the opportunity for Ozil to welcome offers from interested parties?
It’s an unusual place to be in when you’re sat laughing at some of the articles and comments posted by United fans who claim to be ‘sick’ and ‘angry’ about United’s summer business and about the standard of it’s current squad.
Since July 1st when David Moyes officially took control of the club, the positivity, support and backing he’s receiving from United fans has quickly ebbed away in some quarters. It’s embarrassing to hear many Reds talk so negatively about our chances of title success this season and more depressing to hear many judging Moyes on his performance in the transfer market over his performance with the current squad. This isn’t Fantasy Football or Football Manager you know, this is real life for David Moyes.