Emerging reports suggest Manchester United midfielder, Ander Herrera, is closing in on a summer switch to French Champions, Paris Saint Germain.
The Spaniard moved to Old Trafford in 2014 under Louis Van Gaal for a reported £32m. Since then, United’s number 21 has become a fan-favourite amongst the Old Trafford faithful, and was named the club’s Player of the Year in the 2016-17 season.
The 29 year old earned his plaudits via hard-work, passion and dedication both on and off the pitch for the Red Devils. Herrera was even singled out by newly-named manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for praise, “he has so much passion, energy and enthusiasm that he gives everyone around him that little extra spark to go. He’s a leader in that respect.” Herrera’s highlighted leadership has also led to an array of United fans wanting the Spaniard to be given the honour of team captain.
However, in recent weeks, with Herrera on the last year of his contract, negotiations between the player and club have somewhat seemed to stall and rumours are circling of interest from PSG. Herrera is believed to want in excess of £200,000 a week to extend his stay at Old Trafford, however United seem hesitant to oblige. Reports this weekend claim that the midfielder has signed a pre-contract with PSG, who were willing to meet his wage demands, meaning Herrera would leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.
With Alexis Sanchez’s £350,000 per week United salary being common knowledge, it is no surprise the board at Manchester United are struggling to appease their player’s wage demands. With the Chilean failing to meet expectations, it is hard for the Red Devils to justify his pay-packet.
Should Herrera leave, United face the difficult challenge of replacing him. Similar to many players at Old Trafford, Herrera has seemed rejuvenated under the refreshing reign of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 20 Premier League appearances this season emphasise his importance in a balanced United midfield. His tenacity and work-rate has been complimentary to midfield partner, Paul Pogba, allowing the Frenchman to venture forwards in more attacking roles. Herrera’s 2 goals and 3 assists this season doesn’t entirely represent his value to United, and with European giants such as PSG willing to pay £200,000 a week for him, it shows his work for the team has not gone unnoticed.
In terms of replacements, many fans would argue that £53m summer signing, Fred, could fill the midfield void left by Ander Herrera. However, the Brazilian seems to have struggled to adapt to Premier League life since his switch from Shakhtar Donetsk. Despite a brilliant performance against PSG, Fred has struggled for consistency throughout his 19 appearances this season. However, should Herrera leave, opportunities for Fred to consolidate a position in Solskjaer’s starting 11 will appear, and going off his 15 goals and 15 assists in 155 appearances for Shakhtar Donetsk, could very well play a similar role to Herrera in midfield.
Other rumours circling the football world is that should Herrera depart for PSG, a player could be coming the other way. French international, Adrien Rabiot, doesn’t seem to be having the best of times at PSG, with his mother and agent, claiming “Adrien is a prisoner, a PSG hostage”. It is therefore not surprising that Rabiot is rumoured to want to leave the club this summer. However, if United are keen to claim the signature of the Frenchman, they will have to fend off interest from Real Madrid and Arsenal, who are also looking to replace wantaway midfielders, Modric and Ramsey.
Do you think Herrera will leave? And if so, who should replace him at United?