The 24-year-old has failed to establish himself this season under new management in Bilbao and although United are ‘keen to avoid embarrassment’ again, they reportedly want to go in with a fee lower than his release clause for a second time in order to test Bilbao’s desire to hold onto Herrera.
If United were indeed keen to avoid another embarrassment, why would David Moyes go back in for Herrera with an offer less than his release clause again? That is a paradoxical argument that instead indicates that United are ready to risk another embarrassment for the prospect of getting Herrera on the cheap rather than simply paying his full release clause to secure the transfer.
As The Peoples Person said before, Herrera has made it clear that he is happy to fight for his place in Bilbao so it is unlikely he would put in a transfer request which means the only way to guarantee his signing would be to pay the full release clause, something Moyes had no intention of doing this summer.
Plenty of times, Ed Woodward has insisted that the funds are there for player transfers and when the financial statements were released, it showed that United had nearly £90 million in cash reserves before the summer so they money was certainly there. We had the money but were reluctant to spend it.
Right now, because of how the season has panned out up until this point, United cannot afford to have another transfer window that sees us fail to land our targets. There is every possibility that United could miss out on a top four spot this season, so Moyes must strengthen in January to avoid that.