Manchester United are in danger of losing Ander Herrera and Juan Mata to two of their biggest European rivals this summer – and both on free transfers.
Herrera has agreed terms to join Paris Saint-Germain and Mata is in talks over a move to Barcelona, as per reports.
The Spain internationals have been free to speak to foreign clubs since January 1, with their United contracts expiring at the end of June.
The club have been in talks over new deals with both players for a number of months and, as far as United are concerned, discussions remain ongoing with nothing yet decided.
But during the recent international break, Herrera, who was a target for Athletic Bilbao in January, admitted he “knew something would come out” about PSG and described initial reports of discussions as “logical when you have three months left on your contract”.
Mata, who had a year-long extension clause activated by United last season, pondered a return to Spain in January in an interview with a Spanish newspaper, albeit when he was one of a number of players unsettled under previous boss Jose Mourinho.
Guardiola Confirms Aguero Out of Cardiff Clash
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester City’s Premier League meeting with Cardiff City on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old limped out of his side’s 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday, with Guardiola having initially been hopeful that the injury was not serious and that he would be in contention to face Cardiff.
Aguero had provided the assist for Bernardo Silva’s fifth-minute opener at Craven Cottage before scoring his 19th Premier League goal of the season before half-time.
He was replaced by Gabriel Jesus after 57 minutes, however, with Guardiola revealing after the match that the switch was a precautionary measure.
Aguero hasn’t trained since, though, and will now miss the game against Cardiff that gives City the opportunity to move one point ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League title race.