Liverpool are ready to make a summer transfer move for long-term Manchester United target Ander Herrera, according to Spanish publication Fichajes.
Brendan Rodgers is starting to draw up a shortlist of potential replacements for the Anfield legend Gerrard, who is entering the twilight of his career. Gerrard has been in fine form for Liverpool this season but, at 33-years-old, may not be able to sustain his current level for much longer.
Athletic Bilbao midfielder Herrera hit headlines in England last summer after Manchester United famously failed in a deadline day move to sign him. According to reports, a series of legal complexities with regards to his €36m release clause forced Manchester United to withdraw and concentrate on a deal for Marouane Fellaini.
Manchester United have since retained an interest, sending scouts to the Basque region to keep checks on the midfield playmaker but now they face a battle with the arch-rivals Liverpool for his signature.
It is looking increasingly likely that Liverpool will have a Champions League windfall next season and could have as much as £60m extra from TV revenue, giving Rodgers the chance to invest heavily in the squad.
It gives Rodgers the perfect opportunity to invest in a long-term replacement for Gerrard and would no doubt benefit from signing one now and allowing him to take on an apprenticeship under the Liverpool skipper.
Any move for Herrera, either to Old Trafford of Anfield, is likely to come sooner rather than later as Herrera's release clause is set to increase to €40m before the World Cup. As Athletic Bilbao can only play players from the Basque region and struggle to improve their squad via the transfer market, they are unlikely to let him go for any less.