Spanish La Liga side Athletic Bilbao want to re-sign Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, according to the Spanish club’s director of sports, Rafael Alkorta. Herrera moved to Old Trafford from Athletic after United activated a clause in his contract in the summer of 2014, when Louis Van Gaal was the Reds’ manager. The 29-year-old has won the Europa League, the FA Cup and the League Cup during his time at the club but could leave on a free transfer at the end of the season when his current deal expires.
United activated a one-year extension to his deal last year and are negotiating a new contract with the Spain international at present, but Herrera has been free to discuss terms with foreign clubs since January 1. Sources close to the player have told MEN Sport that Herrera is committed to United but Alkorta, who was recently appointed sporting director at San Mamés, insists Herrera is firmly on Athletic’s radar as the La Liga side – currently 17th in the division – look to avoid a first-ever relegation from the top tier of Spanish football.
“We are interested in Javi Martínez, Ibai, Ander Herrera, [Fernando] Llorente… we’re interested in all of them,” he told Spanish network Cadena Ser. “We still haven’t made progress. We’ll get together on Tuesday to see what can be done. I have just returned and this week we will look at our options.”
Herrera has made 16 appearances for United this season, four of which have come under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and scored in the games at Southampton and Cardiff. The twice-capped Spain international is one of three first-team regulars whom the club could lose without compensation at the end of the current campaign, along with Juan Mata and Ashley Young.