Manchester United attempted to bring the Spanish midfielder to Old Trafford under David Moyes last September in a late dash to sign a creative central midfielder.
In January the Red Devils signed Juan Mata for a club record fee and in April this year Moyes was sacked from his post after just 11 months in charge.
New manager Louis van Gaal is widely expected to ‘overhaul’ the squad he inherits at Old Trafford when he returns from the World Cup in Brazil with Netherlands as reports emerged this week United could go back in for Ander Herrera.
Given that United were reportedly pursuing Cesc Fabregas, Herrera could be seen as an alternative for Van Gaal but would the Athletic Bilbao playmaker be the Dutch master’s best option?
Having signed Mata and tied No.10 Wayne Rooney to a new contract this year, the Red Devils have a slightly reduced requirement for a creative attacking midfielder but Herrera functions more as a traditional central midfielder, a position where Van Gaal may feel he is still lacking quality with the likes of Tom Cleverley, Marouane Fellaini, all of whom have struggled to find form, along with Darren Fletcher who has struggled with health problems and Michael Carrick who is now 32 years of age.
It remains to be seen what will become of attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa but in terms of his central midfield, the new manager may see a lack of world-class quality.
But there may be better options in the market.
United have been linked in recent weeks and months with a number of top talent in that area of the squad – Germany duo Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger would surely represent options that possess more quality and experience at the highest level than the Athletic Bilbao man.
Ultimately, I would be highly surprised to find Louis van Gaal considering Ander Herrera this summer – whilst the midfielder has performed well in La Liga he lacked the optimum Champions League and international experience of his German counterparts at Bayern Munich and, whilst he would likely be a cheaper option, United are not short on money to invest in the squad this summer.