Barcelona are reportedly interested in Ander Herrera, and will tempt him to move back to his native nation, but United are in no mood to sell their midfielder this season.
Herrera played an instrumental role under Jose Mourinho last season and United value him highly. He has played exceptionally well alongside Paul Pogba, and United see him as a long-term player. The Spaniard has already spent three years at United after moving from La Liga club Athletic Bilbao under Louis van Gaal in 2014.
The midfielder was voted the club’s Player of the Season for the 2016-17 campaign, after his performances helped the Red Devils win the Community Shield, the EFL Cup, and the UEFA Europa League.
Meanwhile, Spanish giants Barcelona are currently pursuing French side Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti in a deal which could reach £100m. However, as per Spanish outlet Sport, should PSG deny selling their prized midfielder, Barcelona will look to their ‘Plan B’: Ander Herrera.
Reports suggest that the 27-year-old would be available for £35.2m – a valuation United will not agree to for a player they view as their future skipper. Moreover, The Independent claims that the Old Trafford outfit will refuse to sell at that cost, and it would take a bid of around £60m for them to even consider the deal.
Barca are also said to be keeping an eye on former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho, who is currently plying his trade in China.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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