Reports suggest that a group posing as Manchester United officials turned up at La Liga offices to complete the deal for Herrera but were turned away amid fears that they were imposters.
Manchester United’s bid to sign Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera is over, amid reports that imposters posed at United officials tried to sign the player, Sky Sports reports.
Reports throughout Monday suggested that Manchester United were close to completing the signing of Herrera, with Spanish football expert Guillem Balague announcing that the Red Devils were ready to pay Herrera’s £30.5 million buy-out clause.
A group turned up the La Liga offices, supposedly United officials, to pay Herrera’s buy-out clause but after an hour they left without paying for the midfielder.
Balague then announced that this group had nothing to do with United and were imposters posing as officials from the Premier League Champions
The Spanish football pundit also said that a deal for Herrera is now dead in the water, meaning United will miss out on yet another midfield target.
United boss David Moyes will now try and desperately tie up a deal for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who handed in a transfer request at the Toffees earlier on Monday.
Moyes will be desperate to land Fellaini as he doesn’t want to end up without a major signing in his first transfer window as Manchester United manager.