Manchester United are looking to complete the signing of Athletic Club Bilbao’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrara in a £29million – 12 months after former manager David Moyes failed to land him.
The 24-year-old, who can operate just behind the main striker or as a centre midfielder, was close to making the switch to Old Trafford before last summer’s transfer deadline but the move fell through when imposters claiming to be United officials turned up in Spain to try and negotiate a deal.
However, incoming manager Louis van Gaal is set to secure his first signing since being confirmed as Moyes’ successor with reports claiming a quick deal for Herrara is set to be completed before July 1 when his buy-out price-tag is poised to jump to £33million as he enters the final year of his Bilbao contract.
Herrera has played for Spain at every level except for the senior squad, but has featured alongside United’s David de Gea and Juan Mata in the Spain Under-21s.
His arrival could bring to an end Marouane Fellaini’s stay after his disappointing season at United, despite the Belgium international recently claiming that he would like to remain and fight for his place in van Gaal’s first-team plans next season.