Manchester United 6/1 for Premier League title after signing Herrera and Shaw
The Red Devils sign Ander Herrara for £29m after missing out on the Spaniard a year ago
June 27th, 2014
Manchester United embarrassingly missed out on several transfer targets last summer, although Louis van Gaal seems determined to get plenty of business completed despite being on international duty as the manager of the Netherlands.
Ander Herrara signed on the dotted line at Old Trafford on Thursday, with the Spaniard being given a four-year contract after completing a £29m deal from Athletic Bilbao.
Indeed, Herrara has paid compensation out of his own pocket to leave the Basque club and the midfielder has the option to extend his contract to five years, with Ryan Giggs expressing delight with the move.
The United assistant manager said: “Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity. We believe him to be one of the brightest young prospects in Spain and I am certain he will be a big hit with the United fans.
“I’m delighted he has made the decision to come to Manchester and play his part in the club’s future. I’m looking forward to seeing him in action on our summer tour to America.”
Herrera told his new club’s website: “Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true. I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic in the Uefa Europa League and it was one of the highlights of my career so far. I have joined United to do all I can to help the team reach the club’s objectives.
“Having arrived on Tuesday, I’m excited to now be living in Manchester and I can’t wait for my first game in United’s famous red shirt. I will never forget my time with Athletic Club and I’d like to thank the fans and staff for all their support and, above all, wish all my fantastic former team-mates all the best for the future.”
Meanwhile, Luke Shaw is virtually a Manchester United player after passing a medical at Old Trafford, with England’s early exit from the World Cup seeing the highly-rated left back competing with Patrice Evra for a place in the team.
The fee for Shaw is thought to be around £27m and the bookies have reacted to this double deal by going 6/1 about the Red Devils reclaiming the title, with Van Gaal not having to bother with Champions League distractions this term.