Athletic Bilbao have announced this morning that they have rejected an offer from Manchester United for Ander Herrera, less than 24 hours after the midfielder was thought to have undergone a medical at Carrington.
United were close to sign the 24-year-old midfielder 12 months, before the deal collapsed on deadline day when lawyers claiming to be operating on behalf of United in Bilbao turned out to be impostors, as Athletic insisted United did not come close to meet Herrera’s release clause.
Manchester United have reportedly entered the race for Barcelona and Chile winger Alexis Sanchez but they will face strong competition for Arsenal in the race to sign the 25-year-old Chilean.
Sanchez has been one of Chile’s stars so far at the World Cup, scoring against in their opening game against Australia and setting up Eduardo Vargas’ opener against Spain as the South Americans knocked the defending champions out of the competition and his performances have attracted a lot of interest around Europe.
Louis Van Gaal is “desperate” to sign Bayern Munich and Holland winger Arjen Robben, according to former Holland international Bryan Roy, who believes the incumbent United manager will try his hardest to convince Robben to leave the Allianz Arena.
Roy, a former Ajax player under Van Gaal who’s since taken on managerial duties with the Amsterdam club’s youth teams, claimed the Holland manager wants Arjen Robben to join him at Old Trafford after the World Cup this summer, despite the fact that 30-year-old is a pivotal figure for Bayern Munich and the German club are extremely unlikely to allow him to leave.
Alex Buttner was today unveiled as a Dynamo Moscow player as he became the third player after Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to leave Old Trafford just over a month after the end of the season but, unlike the former two centre-backs, the Dutchman isn’t going to be sorely missed at United.
Arrived a surprise signing from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2012, Buttner never managed to establish himself in the starting XI and made just 13 Premier League appearances in his two seasons at the club making up slightly less than the 50% of his 28 appearances in all competitions for United.
Luke Shaw could become the world’s most expensive teenager beating a record previously set by Wayne Rooney, after Manchester United have reportedly raised their bid for the Southampton left-back to an eye-watering £34m.
Shaw, who is set to make his first start in a competitive match for England today when Roy Hodgson’s men face Costa Rica in their final World Cup game, was subject of a £27m offer from United last month, which was swiftly refused by Southampton, who are under no pressure at all to sell one of their stars.
Manchester United have reportedly agreed with Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, who looks set to become Louis Van Gaal’s first signing of the summer after United decided to trigger the midfielder’s release clause.
Spanish newspaper Marca reports that United decided to pay the €36m (£28.7m) clause for the midfielder who has already traveled to England and is expected to pun pen to paper on a four-year deal worth €3m (£2.3m) a year and both clubs could announce the deal as early as today.
Manchester United’s quest for a new centre-back could soon become more complicated as reports in the Dutch press suggest Porto are ready to open talks with Feyenoord for the signature of 22-year-old Bruno Martins Indi, who, alongside a number of other members of the Holland squad, was reportedly on Louis Van Gaal’s radar.
Ducth football magazine Voetbal International claims that the Portuguese club are looking to make the most of United’s current situation – with Van Gaal set to be involved with Holland until the round of 16 at least – and pip United in the race for the centre-back, with Feyenoord thought to be open to discussion for a fee of around £6.5m.
Manchester United could be set for a surprise move for former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, after reports from Italy suggest the Reds are determined to open talks with AC Milan over a possible transfer for a fee of around £6m.
De Jong is the latest Dutchman to be linked with a move to Old Trafford since Louis Van Gaal was appointed as David Moyes’s successor, with Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport claiming United’s interest in the 29-year-old has increased steadily since the start of the World Cup and a bid might follow suit.