Despite reports that Ander Herrera will join PSG at the end of the season when his Manchester United contract expires, Arsenal are reportedly set to make another move for the midfielder in the hopes of tempting him to London.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Ander Herrera of Manchester United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Ander Herrera of Manchester United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

A few weeks ago it was reported that Arsenal tried to stop Ander Herrera’s move to PSG by offering him more than the £200kpw the French giants have offered to lure him to Paris on a free.

That’s right. Arsenal reportedly want to give Ander Herrera more money than they were prepared to give Aaron Ramsey despite the Welshman being a far better player who is also younger.

At the beginning of April, it was claimed that Herrera was set to join PSG on a free transfer when his contract expired in the summer. Despite wanting to stay at United, no contract was forthcoming that met the demands of his agent so in stepped PSG.

That seemed to spell the end of Arsenal’s interest until L’Equipe informed us, via The Guardian, that the Gunners were making a big move for the player because Unai Emery is a huge fan.

Things then went quiet for a bit until L’Equipe once again reported that Herrera was PSG-bound, however, the French publication also claims that “Arsenal have entered the race to sign Ander Herrera in a last-ditch effort, aiming to snatch him from PSG’s grasp before a deal can be finalised.”

Speaking to the media, Herrera gave something of an update on his situation towards the end of March. “It is logical [to be linked with other clubs] when you have three months of contract [left],” he told El Periodico. “I take it as normal. I focus on football in the month and a half [of the season] that remains.

“The rest is left to my agent, both the possible renewal with United and if you talk to another club, so I do not know if my stage is over.

“I enjoy being at the biggest club in England. The fans have treated me phenomenally and my duty is to listen to them, although I do not know what is going to happen.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal in action with Ander Herrera of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on December 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal in action with Ander Herrera of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on December 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Leaving aside the pros and cons of signing Ander Herrera, we hear constantly that the club are trying to offload players tied to large salaries (Ozil, Mkhitaryan etc) yet we are expected to believe they’re just going to turn around and blow it like this?

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