Louis van Gaal may be busy in Brazil right now, having guided the Dutch national team to qualify top of their group at the World Cup, but that hasn’t stopped him from progressing towards making his first signing as Manchester United manager.
Athetlic Bilbao’s £30m rated midfielder Ander Herrera is headed for Old Trafford in a deal that could be completed today.
The club failed to secure the Spaniard last summer under manager David Moyes in a deadline day attempt.
At 24 years of age, Herrera could become a key player for many years while solving the team’s publicised midfield problems. The position has been an concern ever since legendary playmaker Paul Scholes retired back in 2011, to the point that he had to briefly return as a short-term fix.
Last summer’s arrival of Marouane Fellaini from Everton was the first central midfielder United had signed in six years. The Belgian has failed to make an impact at his new club and is reported to be one of the players van Gaal is looking to offload this transfer window.
In a reverse of the Fellaini deal, United are getting the deal through now to avoid a rising transfer fee due a clause in Herrera’s contract that activates on the 30th of this month.
Elsewhere at Old Trafford, both Patrice Evra and Antonio Valencia recently signed contract extensions at the club. Evra’s new contract doesn’t rule out the possibility of signing a new left back though, with the departure of Alexander Buttner reportedly close to agreed, with Dynamo Moscow his destination. Although attempts to sign Southampton’s Luke Shaw have quietened in recent weeks.