Ander Herrera has reportedly agreed to join Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer next season. According to various reports he has successfully signed a pre-contract deal with PSG.
The Spanish Midfielder had been delaying his contract with United for quite some time now. Rumors doing the rounds claimed that he was unsatisfied with the wages and was asking for more. This move has come as a shock for all the United fans. Herrera was holding out for £150,000 per week salary, but the board where apparently adamant and refused to bow down to player demands.
It has only been over three months since Ole signed for United as a caretaker manager and has recently succeeded in securing the permanent nod. Since his arrival at the helm, has been full of praise for the ex-Athletic Bilbao man. He has praised his passion, desire, commitment and work-ethics to great lengths this season hence its quite obvious that the manager and the fans want Herrera to stay but it was in fact the board and the owners who where unwilling to meet the players wage expectations.
And now Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has gone on record to confirm his move to the French Capital saying :
“The situation in midfield is very interesting,” the transfer expert told Football Index.
“Ander Herrera currently has a number of offers available to him from other teams – and I do believe he has accepted the one from PSG.”
Entering into the final three months of his contract, it was obvious that many clubs across Europe would be interested in this supremely talented midfielder. A player of his caliber who can play multiple positions in the mid and adapt to tactical tweaks is capable of luring some of the biggest clubs in Europe to sign him. Arsenal, Juventus and Barcelona all were supposedly interested in prising out the midfielder from United.
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) April 1, 2019
Fellaini has already departed. Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Juan Mata and now Herrera, all are likely to leave. Rumours are that David de Gea, the wall who has time and again snatched victories from the jaws of defeat for United won’t stay if his Amigos depart.
The void created due to Spanish men’s abandoning will surely create a massive squad depth. If United have a cold summer window, it will only widen and the repercussions might just be to great for the team to recover from. The board has time and again delayed contract extensions frustratingly, which has caused a good crop of talents leaving for free.
Extending contracts of deadwood’s like Phil Jones, Ashley Young and Chris Smalling and delaying contracts of better performing and more valuable players has, in my opinion shown the outside world what a colossal joke the management at club is at the moment. We are soon heading towards being called Banter FC and repeated memes tagging Smalling and Phil Jones and their dismal efforts on the pitch aren’t doing us any favour either.
— Gunner (@pole56789) April 3, 2019
Since Sanchez’s arrival at Old Trafford, the wage bill has created more problems than ever. Players are demanding exorbitant wages under the threat of leaving the club, holding club to a ransom isn’t something expected of a Manchester United player. But some of them are doing just that.
The board has finally realized their shortcomings and it is a positive sign maybe that they are letting the players leave and thinking of investing for the future rather than throwing the gauntlet in and giving in to what everyone expects of them.
The passion and shithousery that the Spaniard brought to the club is unmatchable. Although he isn’t English, neither is he born and raised from the Academy. Yet his commitment to the badge and love for the club has always been more than his teammates. Although Herrera is not that technically gifted as some of the topmost midfielders in the league, he more than makes up for it with his zeal and strong character on the field.
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Speaking from the boards perspective maybe they have their reasons which aren’t entirely unexplainable. At 30 years of age, maybe it is the right time for him to move on to greener pastures rather than having the club offer him one fifth of a million a week for a squad role.
If new signings arrive next season, Herrera s role at the club would have been reduced to nothing more than a second choice midfielder and a frequent face on the bench. Spending heavily on salaries of bench players literally makes no sense. For the first time, the board has thought this through and decided to let him leave despite the loss in revenue it brings. However It will only be the board’s fault and might have fans at the gate with pitchforks if they are incapable of signing a good enough replacement for him and the other players on the out.
Maybe this was the last shithousery he pulled over in his time at the club, that got everyone into believing that it was the board’s fault in delaying the contract and not his own desire for money that led him astray.