Saturday 17 March 2018

United get Fellaini but fail with Herrera

Ander Herrera
Ander Herrera

Chris Bascombe

Manchester United left it late to seal a deal for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini but their attempts to sign Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera and Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao failed in dramatic circumstances.

David Moyes identified Herrera as a potential target and it was believed United were willing to pay Athletic's €36million asking price.

It then appeared three United officials had arrived at La Liga headquarters in Madrid to complete the formalities that would allow Herrera to finalise a move to Old Trafford.

However, it now seems the trio were imposters and had nothing to do with United at all.

Subsequently, United withdrew from the transfer, even though it was established they had an additional hour to conclude the deal providing a Deal Sheet with the signature of both clubs and the player was submitted to the Premier League.

Insiders claimed that Moyes felt the buyout clause was too high and attempts to try and bring the fee down failed.

It meant United were left to rush through the transfer of Marouane Fellaini from Everton with a deal reported to be in the region of £27.5 million for the midfielder, which is considerably higher than the release clause which expired in his Everton contract earlier this summer.

The deal for the Belgian wasn't announced until after the closure of the window at 11.0 when reports that they had signed Fabio Coentrao from Real Madrid on a season-long loan also emerged.

However, Spanish media claimed that the paperwork had not been completed in time, with Real Madrid attempting to sign Granada's Guilherme Siqueira before they let Coentrao leave which, it appeared, didn't materialise.

Moyes had attempted to prise Leighton Baines away from Everton – initially in a joint £28m bid with Fellaini – however, Moyes has now only brought the Belgian with him from his former club.

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