Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will sanction the sale of summer signing Ander Herrera as part of a move to land Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri, according to reports.
Herrera joined the Red Devils during the summer transfer window for around £30 million before Van Gaal took up the reins, and it seems the Dutch boss will pull the plug on his Old Trafford career already.
The Spaniard has suffered badly with injuries during his maiden Manchester United season and that has limited him to just five first team appearances since August - and it seems as though he may not be able to pull on the famous red shirt many more times.
According to the Express, Manchester United will accept Bayern Munich's demands and let the former Athletic Bilbao midfielder head to the Allianz Arena in order for Shaqiri to head in the opposite direction to Old Trafford. The Red Devils will also recoup a fee of around £7 million from Bayern.
Herrera was first targeted by Manchester United during David Moyes' time in charge, but the deal ended in farce as lawyers claiming to represent the Red Devils tried to broker a deal before it fell through.
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That's bad news for Liverpool who have been linked with Shaqiri for some time now. The Swiss star has failed to break his way into Pep Guardiola's team this season despite being given assurances over the summer that persuaded him to stay in Bavaria. That was enough for Liverpool to reignite their interest in the former Basel man, but now it looks like they'll lose out to great rivals Manchester United.
Shaqiri will offer Manchester United much more width and the departure of Herrera would free up a space in midfield, which could prompt Van Gaal to move for Kevin Strootman of Roma.
For Liverpool, it looks as though they will spend the winter window trying to seal a deal for Saido Berahino from West Brom.