Deal on: Maverick midfielder close to sealing 4-year Man United deal

While Jose Mourinho remains in the transfer market to search for top-notch players that will thick the boxes for his team, he has also set his sight on retaining the quality players within his rank.

Manchester United have begun contract extension talks the Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, as the Red Devils looks to fend off interest from Spanish giants Barcelona.

Herrera only became a key player for United last season. He was used sparingly by former United manager Luis Van Gaal but Jose Mourinho has helped him to rediscover his form. The Spaniard had a barnstorming season last term that saw him tipped the likes of David De Gea and Zlatan Ibrahimovic the award of United’s best player of the season.

Hererra is in the final 12-months of his current contract and he has been linked with a move to Barcelona. However, the Express claims his agent Arturo Canales has had talks with Man United Chief Executive Ed Woodward over new terms for the player.

Jose Mourinho is short of options in midfield and he would not want to gamble with the future of his key players. Mourinho struggled last term to find a perfect midfield partnership for his midfield but Hererra has been able to help bring out the best in Pogba with his energy. He played as the marksman for the Red Devils last term, freeing up Pogba to play in a free role.

He will be offered £175k-a -week deal spanning four years as GFN understands.