Manchester - Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera has paid off the buyout
clause in his contract, the Spanish club said Thursday, opening the way
for him to sign for Manchester United.
"Ander Herrera Aguera has
fulfilled the requirements of the applicable regulations valid for
unilateral termination of the employment contract that bound him to our
club, by depositing today the amount of compensation established in the
contract," Athletic Bilbao said in a statement.
thanks Ander Herrera for his dedication during the three seasons he has
enjoyed at the club and wishes him the best in his future sports
The Basque club had earlier said it had rejected
Manchester United's offer of €36 million
to buy Herrera, 24.
The settling of the buyout clause by the
player himself appeared to resolve the question of his move to
Manchester, which British media had said was imminent this week.
would be the English club's first signing since they named Dutchman
Louis van Gaal - currently in charge of the Netherlands team at the
World Cup - in May as the successor to David Moyes.
Bilbao-born Herrera joined Athletic from Real Zaragoza in July 2011.
has scored 11 goals for Athletic in three seasons with the club,
including two in the UEFA Cup.
"Athletic should aspire to have
players whose first priority is defending the club's colours," said
Athletic Bilbao's chairman Josu Urrutia in the statement.
"Ander Herrera's decision is not in line with that idea, which is a disappointment for the club."