La Liga giants Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera on a free transfer next summer.
Spanish publication Don Balon reports that the Catalan boss Ernesto Valverde has showed interest in the 28-year-old midfielder at the end of the season as he looks to bolster his side’s midfield options in the current squad.
The reports add that Barca attempted to sign the Spaniard during the summer transfer window but a deal failed to come to fruition between the two sides.
Herrera reportedly has no intention of extending his stay at Old Trafford with his current contract at Manchester United expiring next summer.
What’s good in this for Manchester United?
After Herrera impressed with his performances last season, it is no surprise to see that a club like Barcelona are showing interest on him.
He was key member of the Red Devils’ first-team last season, featuring in a total of 50 matches across all competitions.
Herrera was essential in helping Jose Mourinho’s side bagged two major trophies last season, providing the assist for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s winning goal in the EFL Cup final and putting on a man of the match performance in the Europa League final.
He has become a solid fan favourite at Old Trafford with fans nominating the midfielder as the club’s best player at their annual award ceremony last season.
Although Herrera has failed to feature for United on a regular basis during the early stages of the new season due to the inclusion of summer signing Nemanja Matic from Chelsea, losing Herrera to Barcelona would be a massive blow to Mourinho’s squad given the energy and pressing ability the Spaniard provides in the midfield.
How likely is this going to happen?
Barcelona gaffer Valverde’s history with Herrera could prove to be pivotal in completing a deal at the end of the season.
The midfielder played under Valverde for La Liga side Athletic Bilbao during the 2013-14 season in which Herrera enjoyed a brilliant campaign, scoring five goals and creating six assists across all competitions.
If the midfielder continues to play second fiddle to the club new signing Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini this season, he could be tempted into completing a move back to his Spain where he will be competing for a Champions League trophy.
In turn, Jose Mourinho must try and tie Ander Herrera down to a brand-new deal at the club before Barcelona make an approach in January or next summer.
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