Manchester United offer Athletic Bilbao friendly for Ander Herrera?

Manchester United reportedly inform Athletic Bilbao that they will play them in a friendly to help secure a deal to sign Ander Herrera.

English champions Manchester United have reportedly offered to play Athletic Bilbao in a friendly as part of the deal to sign their midfielder Ander Herrera.

The Red Devils failed with a bid for the former Spanish Under-21 international on Friday, which was believed to have ended their interest.

However, the 24-year-old was dropped to the bench for Bilbao yesterday afternoon for the trip to Real Madrid, which resulted in speculation that United had returned with a second proposal.

As part of that offer, United have told Bilbao that they are prepared to travel to northern Spain at some stage to take part in a friendly at their rebuilt San Mames Stadium, according to the Daily Mail.

Herrera joined Bilbao in 2011 from Real Zaragoza.

Athletic's Ander Herrera in action against Sparta Prague on October 12, 2012
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