Reason for Fabregas snub? 'United deal should happen promptly,' says Spanish expert

Graham Hunter believes Manchester United will complete a move for Ander Herrera promptly, which could explain why they passed on another Spaniard.

Spanish football journalist Graham Hunter has tweeted that he expects Manchester United to complete a deal for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera...and promptly at that.

Widespread reports claim United are set to pay the 24-year-old's €36million release-clause 12 months after they were tipped to do just that.

Last summer, David Moyes was in desperate need of a new creative midfielder, and with the summer transfer window about to slam shut, reports claimed he had moved for Herrera.  But ultimately that was not to be, with Marouane Fellaini the only senior player to arrive at Old Trafford in that window.

But now it appears Louis van Gaal could do what Moyes could not, and bring the promising player to the Premier League.

So could this be the reason United did not try harder to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas?  After all, the former Arsenal man was strongly linked with the club himself - for far longer than Herrera - and yet when a move was actually viable it was Chelsea who swooped.

Of course the Blues could simply have acted quicker or been Fabregas's club of choice.  But reports claimed van Gaal was not interested in the Spanish international despite United in desperate need of more creativity and guile in central areas.

Now it appears Herrera could be tasked with providing just that, and if the big-money move does go through as Hunter is suggesting, suddenly United's failure to sign last summer's top target a year on will make a lot more sense.


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