Manchester United manager David Moyes is in a race against time to finalize all of United’s transfer dealing before the deadline of 11pm Monday night.
After spending a frustrating summer dealing with Wayne Rooney and failed attempts to sign two big name midfielder’s it could come down to just four players of which three will join the Red Devils.
The first deal involves the Everton pair Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines who are expected to move to Old Trafford this weekend for a combined bid of £40 million.
The third player is like Fellaini also a midfielder with United already having a bid of £25 million turned down by Athletic Bilbao for Ander Herrera.
“We have had an offer for Ander Herrera. Our club is different, it is based on sentiment. Our objective isn’t to make money,” said Bilbao president Josu Urrutia. “We received the offer and have communicated that we will not negotiate for our players. For a player to go, first the player must express his desire to leave the club and pay the release clause.”
This means that in order to sign the Spaniard they would have to make a new bid of at least £30.75 in order to trigger his release clause, and have the player submit a transfer request.
United’s other less expensive offer is for Roma’s 30-year-old Daniele de Rossi who would cost the club £10 million.
De Rossi has only ever played football for AS Roma, and at his age I cannot see him leaving the club now, so it is much more likely to be the Everton pair plus Ander Herrera that Moyes signs.