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United Hererra imposters explained

Three men representing United were reported as imposters

By | 3rd September 2013
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After being linked with a £25 million move for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera in the final week of the transfer window, three men were reported entering the Bilbao facilities as representatives of Manchester United just hours before the transfer deadline. These men were initially believed to be United officials trying to secure the deal for the midfielder.

However, it later emerged that the men had no affiliation with United as the club were unaware that any lawyers had entered the Bilbao offices.

The three men, now confirmed as Guillermo Gutierrez, Alvaro Reig, and Rodrigo Garcia, came from the Bilbao law firm Laffer Abagadosa, which specializes in sports law. The Manchester Evening News confirmed that the men were actually not representatives of Manchester United and had nothing to do with the possible deal to send Herrera to Old Trafford. The three men from the Laffer Abagadosa firm have been involved in football transfers before, but United uses a law firm based out of Madrid for player deals completed in Spain.

According to the Manchester Evening Newsthe reason the deal fell through was because United manager David Moyes felt the £30.5 million release clause for the player was too high. Moyes moved on and secured a deal for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini on Monday, making Fellaini the only signing for United this summer.

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