Manchester United are set to lose Ander Herrera to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
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A €36million release-clause signing from Athletic Bilbao in 2014, Herrera has made 187 appearances for United across his five campaigns in English football.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward elected to activate a single-season option on Herrera’s initial Old Trafford deal last summer instead of agreeing an improved contract; and then failed to tie the 29-year-old down after he established himself as a “vital” part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred starting XI.
Manchester United’s new manager had wanted to retain Herrera for his first full campaign in charge of the club.
“His energy and tenaciousness is vital for us,” Solskjaer said recently. “And that’s why he plays, more or less, every single game. He has loads of energy, he can cover the right-hand side, he runs forward.”
PSG have prioritised midfield additions as they head into a second season under Thomas Tuchel. The Qatar-owned club expects to lose Adrien Rabiot in the summer after the France international refused to sign a new deal at Parc des Princes. They came close to recruiting Frenkie de Jong from Ajax only for the young Netherlands midfielder to choose to move to Barcelona instead.
Woodward’s practice of delaying on contract renewals has proven expensive to United in recent times. The chief executive was forced to hand Marouane Fellaini an inflated deal worth more than €12m per annum to prevent the Belgian from exiting on a free transfer last summer.