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Man U 'close' to signing Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera

New Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is set to make the Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera his first signing in the Old Trafford hotseat.

Ander Herrera Credit: PA Pictures

Reports have suggested United are set to pay around £30million for the 24-year-old Spaniard, who they tried to recruit last summer, before his fee rises at the end of this month due to the terms of his contract.

And it is understood the deal could be wrapped up in the next few days.

Moyes' attempts to secure Herrera's services for the Red Devils last summer descended into farce on transfer deadline day.

Reports emerged of three people, said to be representing United, managing to get into Spanish league headquarters for discussions about the proposed switch and then leaving an hour later, apparently unable to complete the paperwork required to finalise the deal.

It subsequently transpired that United, who dealt directly with Athletic, knew nothing of the trio's existence. Negotiations between the two clubs collapsed anyway, with Moyes believing the buy-out clause in Herrera's contract was too high.

Just under a year later, though, it seems talks have been revived and are set for a swift conclusion.

Herrera, who played for Real Zaragoza prior to joining Bilbao in 2011, has been capped for Spain at under-21 level and also represented his country at the London 2012 Olympics.



Wayne Rooney: Welbeck will be fit for Italy game

Wayne Rooney has revealed that his fellow Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck will be available for Saturday's World Cup opener against Italy.

Wayne Rooney taking questions at today's press conference in Rio.

There had been concerns over Welbeck after he limped out of a training session on Tuesday with what appeared to be a leg injury.

Rooney told a press conference in Rio: "Danny will be fine, I'm sure he'll be ready for Saturday, he's just nor risked anythign today in training but he'll train on Friday and he'll be available for Saturday, I'm sure."

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World Cup opener 'doubts' for Welbeck after leg injury

Danny Welbeck Credit: Press Association

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has emerged as a doubt for England's World Cup opener on Saturday.

Welbeck reportedly suffered a leg injury and limped out of Tuesday's session, making him a doubt for the Three Lions' first Group D game against Italy.

The Football Association refused to comment on Welbeck on Tuesday evening.


Meulensteen 'disappointed' about Van Gaal's decision

Rene Meulensteen has been told by Man United manager Louis van Gaal that he will not be reinstalled on the club's coaching staff next season.

Rene Meulensteen Credit: PA

Meulensteen spent 12 years at Old Trafford and was appointed first team coach in 2008 before leaving the club following the arrival of David Moyes.

The 50-year-old is available after being sacked by Fulham in February but fellow Dutchman Van Gaal has ruled out a return to the Red Devils.

"I would have been keen to go back," said Meulensteen at the release of the LMA Annual Castrol European Managers and Coaches Survey.

"I spent 12 years at what is a fantastic club and never left Man United because I fell out with anyone there.

"But they've chosen to appoint Louis van Gaal and he has decided to bring in his own people so that is not an option.

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