Manchester United have completed the signing of Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera after a protacted state of negotiation - which all began last summer.
David Moyes tried to bring him in from Bilbao last summer but fell short of his release clause on numerous occasions, in what was a calamitous state of affairs.
A year later and it would seem Herrera was not going to make a move to United. He had a great campaign with Bilbao but with a change of management at Old Trafford, Bilbao qualifying for the Champions League and Herrera himself adamant he did not want a move from his home club a deal did not seem likely.
But Herrera has in fact signed for the club, confirmed by Manchester United with pictures of him on Twitter already doing the rounds - even posing with club legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
"Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true. I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic Club in the UEFA Europa League and it was one of the highlights of my career so far. I have joined United to do all I can to help the team reach the club's objectives. Having arrived on Tuesday, I’m excited to now be living in Manchester and I can’t wait for my first game in United’s famous red shirt. I will never forget my time with Athletic Club and I’d like to thank the fans and staff for all their support and, above all, wish all my fantastic former team-mates all the best for the future."
Herrera, said to have cost around the £30 million mark, had a tour of Carrington yesterday and performed a medical - however Bilbao confirmed that United had not met his release clause and that no deal was done this morning.
But they went on to confirm that Herrera would pay the remaining part of his release clause, and wished him well in the future.
Manchester United have not yet made an official statement on the deal.