Manchester United have all but completed their first signing of the summer, after Ander Herrera successfully completed a medical at the club.
Reports detailed last night how the Athletic Bilbao midfielder was scheduled to be flown to England via private jet in order to pass a medical examination, and the Metro this morning claims that it went ahead without a hitch. Such news is likely to send United fans into delirium, as the £28.7million transfer will symbolise their first major transfer under Louis van Gaal.
Concerns had previously started to grow over the club’s apparent inability to land top players due to the lack of Champions League football next season, but in Herrera they will have a man who ticks all the boxes with regards to improving their midfield.
It’s thought that the contract in place for Herrera is worth £9million over a period of four years, with the aforementioned £28.7million being negotiated to go through prior to July 1 when his release clause rises to £33million. It also means that the Spaniard will become Van Gaal’s flagship signing, despite the fact that similar players in the form of Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos have been linked with United moves.
Bolstering the midfield
As early as last summer it had become apparent that United’s midfield just wasn’t going to be the same without Paul Scholes. Although Herrera is far from a player cut from the same cloth with regards to his passing ability and attack-minded play, his presence will give the Red Devils some much needed muscle in the middle of the park, and also allow Van Gaal to now focus on landing more forward-thinking targets. Whilst Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Marouane Fellaini and Darren Fletcher all remain on the books at Old Trafford for now, major changes could well take place prior to the end of the summer transfer window.
United finally have their man
Unless anything drastic happens in the next 24 hours it would appear that United fans can finally rest easy knowing that Herrera will be playing Premier League football next season. This is of course in stark contrast to last summer’s ongoings, where David Moyes became embroiled in a farcical attempt to land the Basque-born 24-year-old which ultimately failed after the involvement of phoneys pretending they were representatives from United.
If you’re a supporter of the club then don’t worry, it would already appear Van Gaal has a far firmer hand on things than Moyes did.