How United’s €36m Herrera deal buys Spanish club time in administration battle

Athletic Bilbao

Manchester United’s €36 million deal to bring in Ander Herrera has big implications for second division side Real Zaragoza.

Manchester United finally made their entrance in the summer transfer market by announcing the signing of Athletic Bilbao star Ander Herrera for a reported €36 million.

The 24-year-old has long been in the agenda of the Old Trafford outfit, with United failing to convince Athletic Bilbao to sell the star midfielder last summer.

A year later, however, The Red Devils finally got their man as they left the Basque side in an impossible position by activating Herrera’s release clause, and the midfielder grabbed the opportunity to move to Manchester with both hands.

Whilst La Liga side Athletic Bilbao may be cursing their luck as they approach next season without their star midfielder, second division side Real Zaragoza on the other hand have reason to potentially breathe a huge sigh of relief.

The Spanish second division outfit sold Ander Herrera to Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2011 for a reported €7.5 million, but according to the Spanish newspaper AS, not without inserting a 4% sell-on clause into his contract.

With Real Zaragoza now on the verge of administration with debts reportedly in the region of €28.5 million, their future looked increasingly bleak following their failure to return to Spain's top flight after their relegation in 2013.

Receiving an expected €1.45 million cash windfall from the Herrera deal, however, will buy the club time as they try to come to terms with a payment demand in the region of €8.1 million.

As for United, on the field, they will be hoping Ander Herrera is finally the player to help put an end to their renowned midfield crisis. In 31 La Liga starts for the club last season, the Spanish U23 international netted five goals and added a further five assists.

Moreover, Man United’s new acquisition came second only to Cesc Fabregas in La Liga in attempted through balls over the season, undertaking a whopping 41.

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