Premier League champions Manchester United have missed out on signing Athletico Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.
Rumours are suggesting a group claiming to be Manchester United representatives spent an hour in La Liga headquarters to finalise the relevant paperwork to complete the transfer. However, La Liga expert Guillem Balague revealed the group were imposters, and had no official affiliation to the Red Devils.
Manchester United had agreed upon a €36M transfer fee which triggered his release clause, and all that was left was personal terms.
With the deal subsequently falling through, United have turned their attention to Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini in a deal worth around £27M.
Supporters are frustrated with having been let down in regard to the side’s movement in the transfer market. The 24-year old is largely unknown by many outside of the Spanish leagues, and fans are unsure of whether Herrera would be the right player to join such a prestigious side.
Manager David Moyes has tried desperately to sign a central-midfielder all summer. The side failed in their attempts to procure the signature of Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara. Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira was also the subject of a late bid from the Premier League holders, but their £35M offer was swiftly rejected.
The farce surrounding Ander Herrera’s failed transfer will anger many who felt Moyes was given enough time this summer to bring in a midfielder which the side needed.
Marouane Fellaini is set to be confirmed a Manchester United player in the coming hour, but the negotiations are still going through.