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Athletic reject Manchester United's €36m bid for Ander Herrera

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Manchester United have been dealt a massive blow is their pursuit of signing of Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera as the Basque club have rejected a whopping €36m bid from the Red Devils for the player.

herrera MASSIVE BLOW: Athletic reject Manchester Uniteds €36m bid for Ander Herrera

The official statement read: “The Athletic Club wishes to report that this week rejected an offer from Manchester United FC, ​​estimated at 36 million euros, to transfer the federation and economic rights of the player Ander Herrera.”

28 Ander Herrera crop MASSIVE BLOW: Athletic reject Manchester Uniteds €36m bid for Ander Herrera

It was believed that Herrera, who has been a long term Manchester United target since last summer would sign for the Red Devils as early as this week.

It is believed that Bilbao don’t want to part with another of their prized assets after already having sold their top players over the past few seasons, the highlight of being Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente to Bayern Munich and Juventus respectively.

Moreover, Bilbao’s theory of recruiting of only Basque players makes it tough for the club to sign a proper replacement. The Andalusian club would also have to have Real Zaragoza 4% (also called unity payment) of whatever they agree for the player since he was groomed by his previous club. However if United force a buyout, its is then the Red Devils who pays the amount to Zaragoza.

Thus the official news would come as a huge shock for United who are set to be dealt another short coming in the transfer market, now being unable to attract big names despite their brand image.

Comments (4)

  1. United want to see out his buy out clause,so what’s all this coming from this Bilbaos..We the United Fans are tired of this kind of nonsense stories everyday.and you the people who always post this.

  2. I was under the impression that a bid of that size triggered the release clause in his contract? If that’s the case, I don’t see how they can refuse without being in breach of contract?

  3. Its an unbelievable task to me, the God of manchester has to intervein

  4. No problem, if they say so, we will give zaragoza the 4% of theirs