According to Mundo Deportivo, Ander Herrera has entered negotiations over a new contract with Manchester United, though no agreement has yet been reached.
Herrera joined the Red Devils back in 2014, and has been an integral member of the squad at Old Trafford since then.
The Spaniard’s technical abilities, consistency, and willingness to sacrifice himself for the good of the team, have made him a favourite amongst managers and fans alike.
The 28-year-old is entering the final year of his contract with the club, and the time has come to cash in on Ander Herrera. Rather than seek new terms with the midfielder, Jose Mourinho should sell him on to make room within his midfield contingent for a higher level player.
For all of Herrera’s qualities, he is not good enough to be the engine of Manchester United’s midfield if they’re to be genuine title contenders again. That leaves his only role at Old Trafford as being a squad rotation option, which shouldn’t suit him or the club.
At 28, Herrera ought to be playing regular football and starting matches in a top European league. Equally, United’s squad doesn’t require the Spaniard’s services any more.
This summer’s arrival of Fred, and the emergence of Scott McTominay, as well as the continued presence of the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini means that there is enough security in the midfield contingent to allow Mourinho to move Herrera on and bring in a more exciting, dynamic option in his place.
Transfermarkt value Ander Herrera at £27 million. Such a figure suggests that Hererra’s departure could raise significant funds that would go a long way towards signing the likes of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic or Willian.