Ander Herrera could be off to Arsenal on a free transfer if the Spaniard leaves Manchester United this summer
- Ander Herrera’s Manchester United contract is set to run out in the summer
- He will be available on a free transfer, with Arsenal understood to be interested
- He has also received interest from other clubs but it’s believed he wants to stay
Herrera will be out of contract at Old Trafford in June and negotiations that started 18 months ago have reached deadlock.
United are still hopeful of persuading him to sign a new deal and it’s believed the 29-year-old midfielder would prefer to stay.
Ander Herrera’s contract at Old Trafford runs out in June and he could be leaving Man United
But Herrera is unhappy the club have allowed talks to drag on as the clock runs down after initially offering him little more than some of the junior first-team players at United.
It’s believed he is looking for a significant increase on his current £80,000-a-week deal to closer to £150,000 having re-established himself as a regular starter under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but United insist the deal must be fair to both sides.
The former Athletic Bilbao man has been able to speak to foreign clubs since January 1, allowing PSG to open talks with his representatives over a lucrative move to France.
It’s believed the 29-year-old midfielder would prefer to stay at the Premier League side
Sportsmail understands that Arsenal have also registered an interest in Herrera if he decides to leave United at the end of the season after five years at Old Trafford.
Both clubs can offer him more favourable terms because there would be no transfer fee involved.
‘I do not concern myself with what will happen in four months, so I do not know if my time here is over,’ said Herrera in response to speculation over his future.
‘It’s logical when you’ve got three months left on your contact and there is an international break. I knew something would come out.
He has had interest from a number of clubs with Arsenal possibly getting him on a free transfer
‘I take it as normal. I focus on playing football in the month-and-a-half that remains (of the season). The rest is left to my agent, both the possible renewal with United and any talks with another club for my departure.
‘I enjoy playing for the biggest club in England. The fans love me, they have treated me phenomenally and my duty is to listen to them – although I honestly do not know what is going to happen.
‘What I see myself is trying to win at Watford next week. If you deserve rewards and if you are an honest and hard-working person, they arrive.’
Juan Mata is in a similar situation at United as talks continue over renewing a contract that also expires in the summer.
The club are desperate to agree new terms with David de Gea, the third Spaniard on the books at Old Trafford, and have bought themselves more time by triggering a 12-month option to keep the goalkeeper under contract until next year.