So this is it: After months of speculation, transfer deadline day is upon us. But what of Manchester United? Will there be plenty of last-minute business or another 24 hours of disappointment?
Will the Sky Sports News reporter waiting eagerly outside Old Trafford bring news of fleeting sightings of future players, or have little more to do than fail to shout over the crowd pulling faces behind him?
If continuing reports regarding Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera are to be believed, David Moyes could finally be about to secure some much-needed midfield reinforcements.
Following their claims yesterday that Herrera had agreed personal terms ahead of a possible move to United, Spanish newspaper El Correo has run another story today with quotes from a variety of Athletic Bilbao players and officials.
The sense is that Herrera remains a Bilbao player “for now”, and with the club reiterating that United will have to meet his €36million release-clause the ball is very much in Moyes’s court.
The Manchester Evening News claims the former Everton boss could still move for any of four players – with Fellaini and Herrera joined on the list by long-term target Leighton Baines and Daniele de Rossi.
It appears to be more a case of keeping plenty of irons in the fire, rather than completely transforming United’s squad, with Fellaini’s arrival the most likely.
That would be even more so if reports from the Express are true – that the Belgian midfielder will hand in a transfer request today to force a move to United.
While United could have tied this deal up months ago by simply meeting his now-expired release-clause, they may have to pay more than £25million to now get their man.
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