Ander Herrera has handed in documents containing his €36m buyout clause to the Spanish FA in order to be released by Athletic Bilbao but due to ‘technical problems’ there has been a delay with a move, according to reports from Spain.
Iñigo Markinez, of Cadena Ser, has said there is a chance everything could be resolved by Friday and Herrera would be able to become a Manchester United player.
United will be very keen for this deal to be pushed through as soon as possible because on 1 July, Herrera’s release clause increases to €40m and when added on top of the extra taxes, his price tag would increase significantly.
While there is no word on what the technical problems are, it is more than likely to do with tax issues that come into play when paying Herrera’s release clause.
Bayern Munich faced similar problems when they bought Javi Martinez as the player had to pay his release clause himself to the Spanish FA. “We’ve had tax and legal problems to solve over the last few days, but fortunately we’ve succeeded,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said at the time.
United’s failed deadline day pursuit of Herrera was unplanned and ultimately shambolic. This time around, there has been no media circus and everything has been calculated behind the scenes.
Herrera has already visited Carrington and agreed a deal, now the final hurdle is for him to be released by Athletic Club, who will understandably be reluctant to let him go because of their geographical limitations of only having players from the Basque region meaning a like for like replacement won’t be easy to come by.
At this stage, United have time on their hands and with everything else already agreed, technical difficulties are a hurdle which should only cause a delay rather than the deal to collapse. Touch wood.