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Athletic Bilbao reject Manchester United's offer for Ander Herrera

Manchester United have had an offer for Ander Herrera publicly rejected by Athletic Bilbao.

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Athletic Bilbao have this morning publicly rejected Manchester United's bid for their star midfielder Ander Herrera, despite all big sources in England and Spain suggesting the deal was on the brink of completion.

A report in the Manchester Evening News last night revealed Herrera had arrived at the Red Devils' training ground, though suddenly the transfer has been thrown into doubt again.

In a short and not-so-sweet statement posted on their website, the Basque club announced:

"Athletic Club wishes to report that this week it has rejected an offer from Manchester United FC, estimated at 36 million euros, for the transfer of federation and economic rights of the player Ander Herrera."

It's a strange one, not just because everyone seemed to think the deal was done, but because United's offer apparently met Herrera's release clause of around £28.4 million. The clause is reportedly set to rise to £32m in July, which perhaps explains the haste with which Ed Woodward has tried to push the transfer through.

We've almost definitely not heard the last of this, so don't give up all hope yet. And besides, there's always Tom Cleverley ...