Manchester United could be about to complete their first signing of the Louis van Gaal era, with the club reportedly in advanced talks with Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera.
Deal almost done
According to Sky Sports, United are close to tying up a deal for the 24-year-old who currently plays his club football in La Liga with Athletic Bilbao. David Moyes made unsuccessful attempts to sign him last summer and it seems that Louis van Gaal has already stolen a march on his predecessor.
The report claims that United are working hard to get a deal done before 1st July when the release clause in his contract will rise from £28 million to £32 million. United are willing to meet the release clause but want to avoid needlessly paying over the odds in the same manner as they did with Marouane Fellaini last summer.
Where does he fit in?
Although the deal represents positive news for fans that the wheels are being put in motion to strengthen the squad, news of Herrera being signed has raised a few eyebrows, with many wondering if signing the Spaniard is actually addressing the areas that need strengthening the most.
Herrera can play as a No.10 or a central midfielder, but with Manchester United boasting well over £50 million worth of talent in that area of the field with Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa, one must ask about how Herrera will fit into the team. That is also without taking into account that Wayne Rooney is likely to drop into more of a No.10 role due to Van Gaal's respect for Robin Van Persie as a lone striker.
Other areas need addressing
United need to address the gap between their defence and midfield, not midfield and attack and unless Herrera is going to completely adapt his game for United, some fans might be wondering when that issue will be dealt with.
By the sounds of it, United are on a clock with this transfer which might be why it is being prioritised over other areas, but they will need to look at other positions if they are to appease their fans.
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