Manchester United midfield target keen on move

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Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera is keen on a move to Manchester United - but won't agitate for a transfer before the close of the summer window.

Manchester United lodged a €30 million bid for the Spaniard on Friday, which Bilbao confirmed in an official statement was promptly rejected.

Herrera is believed to have a €36 million release-clause written into his contract which Bilbao say Manchester United must meet if they want to land their man.

According to the Guardian, the midfielder is open to a move to Old Trafford, but won't force his way out of Bilbao.

The 24-year-old is on the bench for the Basque club's game against Real Madrid at the Bernaeu today, and his manager Ernesto Valverde insists he hasn't caused a stir following news of Manchester United's interest.

"Ander has not refused to play at the Bernabéu, nor has he told us that he wants to go to United," he said.

"There has been quite a stir surrounding Ander. He is fine to play. Whether he plays or not is another question. I have no doubts. Whether he plays is the decision of the manager – it is not only if a player feels ready.

"To play in his situation is not normal. I've spoken to him and he's within the right state of mind to play. There is nothing to worry me."

Manchester United have left it late to try and seal their first major transfer of the summer having missed out on Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara.

The Red Devils have also been linked with late moves for Daniele de Rossi from Roma, as well as Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.

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