It’s believed that Manchester United will attempt to resurrect a move for Ander Herrera after their attempts during the summer came to no avail, and this time United look a lot more likely to get their man.
The 24 year old was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford during the summer and it was believed that a deal had been agreed after Athletic Bilbao rejected United’s initial bid, but the transfer fell through at the last minute.
After the transfer window closed Herrera spoke on United’s approach, claiming he was honoured and indicated that he would still be up for a move to Old Trafford. So whilst Athletic Bilbao’s president Josu Urrutia has declared the matter closed, United should be hopeful that they can get a deal done.
Whilst he has stated that he is happy in Bilbao, Herrera has intimated that he is open to a move to Old Trafford and that is the where United should start, if the player is open to the move then a deal can be done. Herrera isn’t likely to force the deal but from how he spoke after the initial move fell through he won’t need to.
As well as Herrera wanting to join United they have an ace up their sleeve in David De Gea.
This isn’t to say that United will send him on a mission to secure the midfielder’s services (as some suggested when we were linked with Thiago Alcantara in the summer), instead United can simply play off the two’s relationship.
It is well noted that the pair are friends, and have been team mates in the Spanish youth set up. Herrera will have seen De Gea’s struggles upon joining United and can use the goalkeeper as the blueprint, even better he potentially has the goalkeeper to walk him through the early stages of his career. Something De Gea didn’t have.
Having seen what his midfield options are, and with news that summer signing Marouane Fellaini could be out for a long spell, Moyes is likely to dip into the transfer market with Hererra his likely target. It’s been reported that the Scot is now willing to meet the midfielder’s release clause and if he does intend on signing him he has enough time to deal with any red tape that Athletic Bilbao may try and employ to keep a hold of their player, unlike during the summer when the club attempted to seal a deal in a matter of days.
Moyes has ruled out a spending spree in January but will move for the right player if they are available, it’s fair to say Herrera fits into that category.