Barcelona’s new manager, Ernesto Valverde, has set his sights on Manchester United player of the year, Ander Herrera, as his number one target following his appointment at the Catalan club.

Ander Herrera had his best season at Manchester United but there have been no discussion regarding a new contract for him Spanish midfielder whose contract expires in 2018

And now reports have emerged that Barcelona are willing to pay over the odds to get their man after he was identified by Valverde as the man that he needs to bolster his squad.

Herrera: Barca’s New Xavi

Barcelona believes they stand a better chance at signing Anders Herrera as their other targets which include former player Thiago Alcantara, Isco and Marco Verratti are currently off limit this season.

Anders Herrera had a great personal relationship with Valverde during the time he spent at Atletico Bilbao and it is believed that the coach wants to build his midfield around the player. Whom he believes has the ability to succeed at Camp Nuo.

Manchester United To Fight Back

However, it is unlikely that Manchester United would let Anders Herrera leave without a fight as he was pivotal to their success this season and the club will be keen to tie him down to a new contract as soon as possible.

There were reports that he was going to be offered a new contract in April but thus far, nothing has been discussed in that regard and the management’s resolve will be tested with 60 million Euro offer. But the club rejected a deal to sell David De Gea to Real Madrid about 2 seasons ago so it is expected that they will only let Anders Herrera leave if they have found a worthy replacement and in the current transfer market, that will cost a lot of money.