Manchester United’s €36m bid for Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera rejected

19 Old Trafford

Athletic Bilbao have announced that they have rejected a bid from Manchester United for Ander Herrera.

The Ander Herrera-to-Manchester United transfer saga started last year, and it could continue long into this summer.

Recent reports suggested that the Athletic Bilbao midfielder was due to sign for the Premier League giants in the coming days, and that he had passed a medical in Manchester.

The Red Devils would have to pay almost £30 million for the 24-year-old, but for one of the richest clubs in the world, that is not an issue.

However, it now appears that United would have to battle on for a bit longer to get the player they initially wanted last summer.

That’s because Bilbao have declared in no uncertain terms that they have rejected a bid of €36m (£28.85m) for the star midfielder this week.

‘Athletic Club wishes to report that this week it rejected an offer from Manchester United FC, ​​estimated at €36m, to transfer the federation and economic rights of the player Ander Herrera,’ reads the statement from the club.

According to The Guardian, Herrera’s contract has a clause that states that his price will increase at the end of June.

So is this why Bilbao, who finished fourth in La Liga last season, have turned down United’s massive bid for the player - in order to get more money next month?

Herrera was set to be new United manager Louis van Gaal’s first summer signing, but it appears that the 62-year-old, who is currently on World Cup duty with the Netherlands, may have to wait a bit longer to secure the services of one of the best players in Europe.

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