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United begin contract talks with Ander Herrera

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The Spanish international was one of United’s most impressive performers last season.

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Manchester United have reportedly begun contract talks with Ander Herrera, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the upcoming season. According to the Daily Star’s Jeremy Cross, United are willing to almost double his £100,000-a-week wage to stave off interest from Barcelona.

Of course, we should take the details with a pinch of salt — it is, after all, the Daily Star — but there’s no doubt that tying Herrera down will be one of José Mourinho’s top priorities in the coming months. Herrera — who was United’s Player of the Season last season — has established himself as one of United’s most dependable midfielders, and has picked up two caps for the Spanish national team since his arrival from Athletic Bilbao in 2014.

He has also reportedly been handed the vice-captaincy after Wayne Rooney’s departure, and with Michael Carrick likely to retire in the next couple of years, Herrera will surely be eyeing the armband.