Ander Herrera could leave Manchester United for pastures new this summer, with both Atletico Madrid and Juventus considering making moves for him in the transfer window.
The Daily Mail claim today that the diminutive Spaniard has become frustrated with life at Old Trafford due to Louis van Gaal, and even go as far as to say that his future at the club may depend on whether or not his current manager retains his position.
It’s believed that Herrera is attracting plenty of interest from his native Spain and Atletico are the biggest club said to be monitoring him.
Juventus, though, are also mentioned in connection, and it’s being said they’re scouting him as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba should the Frenchman leave Turin at the end of the current campaign.
Frustration taking hold
Herrera will have two years left to run on his Manchester deal come the summer, and that contract is reinforced by the possibility of a 12-month extension should the club so wish to offer it.
However, Van Gaal has deployed him in a number of different positions across the midfield, a tactic the 26-year-old is none to happy with due to his longing to be used as an out and out No.10.
As a result, the Mail imply he might consider leaving United if another option takes his fancy. The club themselves will wait until the summer to assess their choices, but will obviously carefully mull over any offer that sits around the same figure (£29m) they paid Athletic Bilbao in 2014.
The Mourinho effect
Of course, the ground may well shift if Van Gaal is replaced before the start of the 2016/17 season. Jose Mourinho is being touted as the favourite to take over from the Dutchman in the coming months - his appointment is sure to alter not only the current atmosphere at the club, but also the mentality of those associated with it moving forward.
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