Manchester United risk losing Ander Herrera to Arsenal for free this summer

According to The Daily Mail, Manchester United could lose midfield ace Ander Herrera to Arsenal in the summer transfer window, for free.

What’s the word, then?

The original report claims that the Gunners are circling for the Spaniard as his contract at Old Trafford runs out at the end of the season, and he’s yet to sign a new one.

French champions PSG are also said to be in the equation but it’s understood that the 29-year-old is keen on staying in Manchester, with contract negotiations that have been raging on for 18 months now reaching crunch time.

Herrera is one of United’s longest-serving players and has become one of the more senior members of the squad in recent campaigns, following a move from boyhood club Athletic Bilbao in 2014.

A huge risk that really doesn’t need to be taken

Not making sure that Herrera is tied down to a new deal so close to his current one running out is a huge risk that the Red Devils really don’t need to be taking.

Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking over, the likes of Anthony Martial, Ashley Young and Phil Jones have all put pen to paper on new deals – not the Spaniard.

Ed Woodward and the board must give the central midfielder what he wants, otherwise a move to a big domestic or European rival is a disaster waiting to happen.

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Despite nearing his 30s, the Spain star still has plenty to offer any team and could do some real damage to the Old Trafford club in the future, especially if he moves to the Emirates Stadium.

The idea that not only would he be allowed to leave, but on a free, is a nonsensical one and United really can’t afford to leave one of their more important player’s future to chance.

If there’s any proof that Herrera is still a huge part of the set-up for Solskjaer’s men it lies in his 25 appearances across the board this term, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that Man United must get him to sign, one way or another.