Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague claims United's move for the Spaniard could be off.
Following Manchester United’s failed bid to sign Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao yesterday, widespread reports this morning claimed David Moyes would return with an improved offer, meeting the player’s release-clause of €36million.
And yet Spanish footballer journalist Guillem Balague claims talks between the two clubs have now stopped, with Moyes unwilling to pay what will equate to around £31million for the midfielder.
As of today, conversations for Herrera have stopped. United think 36m euros too much to pay. It's a complex deal and not much time left— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 31, 2013
The Spanish side have a history of getting the best possible deal for their players – most recently in the case of Javi Martinez. And while you sense that many clubs insert gargantuan release-clauses as little more than gestures, Bilbao use them as they should be used – to secure the best possible compensation for any departing talent.
While many raised their eyebrows at the €40millon Bayern Munich paid for Martinez, few would now see that as anything less than money wisely spent.
Whether or not Herrera will be another great signing remains to be seen. But for now at least, it seems United are not willing to find out.
Do you think United should meet Herrera's release-clause or would their money be better spent elsewhere?
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