Tying players down to long-term deals has become increasingly competitive in a transfer environment where players are urged to skip clubs when their game-time suffers in favor of more lucrative destinations.
In these cases, talented individuals are either incentivized by a higher pay or more chances of making an impact, or both.
Manchester United have a considerably large list of players who could qualify for the above scenario as early as January. In the winter window, these stars will be able to negotiate with foreign clubs, and United may as well lose hold of some capable players.
As per AS, Ander Herrera may be the most assured one of the lot to leave, with the source claiming that ‘it seems clear’ that he won’t sign a new deal with the club, and that both parties are considering transfer options.
It seems unlikely that United will try to cash in on the Spaniard, as his age may not merit that high a price either. Besides, Mourinho is clearly a fan of deploying him when a tactical change is to be made, even if some of the positions Herrera has been fielded at may appear questionable.
As of such, the 29-year-old has a host of possible destinations to consider, with the report claiming that AS Roma and Atletico Madrid are the top names in contention to bag the versatile midfielder.
However, a third option could also be on the lines for Herrera, and that involves a move back to Athletic Bilbao.
It is reported that Herrera may be a point of difference in the Spanish club electing its new president, with many candidates allegedly already sounding him out about the probability of a move.
Losing Herrera will certainly free up a valuable space in United’s midfield for some younger stars to take up the crucial task, although the Old Trafford outfit may just miss out on his valuable experience.