Barcelona target move for Ander Herrera as Xavi replacement

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Barcelona are weighing up a move for Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera as a replacement for Xavi, according to reports in Spain.

Xavi is reportedly set to join Qatari side Al Sadd at the end of the season and the Catalan club now face the onerous task of finding a replacement for the 35-year-old.


While they're currently serving a transfer ban until 2016, Barcelona are still on the lookout for the man to step into his shoes and El Mundo Deportivo report that Herrera could be the man for the job.

The 25-year-old joined Manchester United in the summer from Athletic Bilabo in a deal worth around £28 million, and initially struggled to settle into life at Old Trafford and rarely featured under boss Louis van Gaal.


However he's flourished of late and bagged a brace in the 3-1 win against Aston Villa over the weekend, putting in a man of the match performance in the process.

That has caught the eye of Barcelona according to El Mundo Deportivo, and they will look to test Manchester United's resolve at the end of the current campaign. The paper claim that Barcelona have been keeping an eye on Herrera for some time now having been impressed with his ability at a youth tournament with Real Zaragoza.

However their offer of €15 million at the time was deemed insufficient and he eventually ended up at Bilbao and then Manchester United, where he's now flourishing.


Van Gaal was full of praise for Herrera after his double against Villa put Manchester United on the cusp of Champions League qualification, with seven points seperating them in third from Liverpool in fifth.

He has a very good kicking technique and he should be more composed,' Van Gaal said to MUTV. 'I said to him 'you have to control the ball before you shoot. I said that to him again in yesterday's training session, and then I kissed him at half-time because he had controlled the ball for the first time in his life and then he shot.

But then I came to him after the second-half and he said 'without control I can do it also!'


The Ander Herrera bandwagon is well and truly rolling now. He barely started a game in the first half of the season but now he's the man to build a team around, and rightly so, too.

The Spaniard is a classy operator and has shown all the touches of a world class midfielder in recent weeks, however Manchester United fans would be advised not to get too carried away just yet, only time will tell whether he's at Old Trafford for the long haul.

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