United's Herrera bid rejected

Athletic Bilbao have rejected an offer of around £28.85m from Manchester United for midfielder Ander Herrera.

Last Updated: 26/06/14 at 16:08 Post Comment

Ander Herrera: Wanted by Manchester United

Ander Herrera: Wanted by Manchester United

Herrera was the lynchpin of Bilbao's midfield last season as they finished fourth in La Liga and was believed to have a £28m buy-out clause in his contract, which rises to £32m after July 1.

He scored five goals last season, but despite being one of the most impressive performers in domestic football, is yet to break into the Spain team.

An Athletic statement read: "Athletic want to announce that they have this week rejected an offer from Manchester United, of around 36m euros (£28.85million), for the transfer of the economic and federative rights of the player Ander Herrera."

Despite the rejection Sky Sports News reporter James Cooper insists Manchester United are 'relaxed about the situation'.

He said: "They have been negotiating with Athletic Bilbao for the past few months. This is the way they do things in the Basque country. We saw it with Javier Martinez going to Bayern Munich a couple of seasons ago.

"But what Athletic Bilbao don't like doing is letting other people know they're happy to let their big players go to other clubs, so there will be a little bit of posturing here while this plays out."

Last summer former United boss David Moyes reportedly targeted the 24-year-old with bizarre scenes in Spain on deadline day when three men claiming to represent United tried to negotiate the deal at the Spanish FA headquarters.

The negotiations broke down, with United claiming they knew nothing about the three men. 

However, new manager Louis van Gaal has made a firm move for the player as he looks to rebuild the squad after last season's poor campaign.

Southampton and England left-back Luke Shaw could be the next target, with United having reportedly increased their offer for him to around £34m. 

United had also been linked with a move for Ezequiel Garay, but the Argentine defender has this week agreed to join Russian club Zenit St Petersburg from Benfica.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Ian Baraclough was delighted Motherwell's game plan worked at Ibrox

Ian Baraclough says Motherwell's game plan worked perfectly as they won 3-1 at Rangers in the Premiership play-off final

Stuart McCall disappointed by slack Rangers in Motherwell defeat

Stuart McCall says Rangers gave their poorest performance under him as they lost their play-off tie against Motherwell

FA chairman Greg Dyke calls for possible Russia 2018 boycott

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants UEFA nations to consider pulling out of the World Cup finals in Russia in two years' time.

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company