Manchester United clear favourites to sign €36m Spanish star

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Manchester United are clear favourites to sign Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera - with the bookmakers anyway.

SkyBet have the Premier League champions as 2/1 favourites to sign the Spaniard before February 1. Title rivals Chelsea are next at 25/1, Tottenham at 28/1, with Arsenal and Real Madrid tied at 33/1. Barcelona are currently priced at 40/1 and Atletico Madrid at 50/1.

24-year-old playmaker Herrera joined Bilbao from Real Zaragoza back in 2011 and has become a mainstay of Ernesto Valverde's side at San Mames.

His consistent form for the Basque outfit saw him linked with a move away from his current employers during the summer, with Manchester United eventually failing with a late bid during the summer transfer window amid bizarre talk of impostors trying to complete the deal to bring him to Old Trafford.

Herrera's name has featured once again in the gossip columns following the opening of the January transfer window, with Manchester United again reportedly having dispatched scouts to watch the player in action earlier this month.

Although Manchester United ended a wretched run of form with their 2-0 triumph over Swansea City on Saturday evening, David Moyes remains under pressure with a relatively disappointing squad and will surely look to strengthen significantly this month.

A move for Herrera - whose current deal reportedly contains a release clause that stands at €36 million - would appear to make sense, with United obviously having been linked with the player before and Moyes evidently needing to boost his midfield options.

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