LATEST: Herrera pays buyout clause himself

Ander Herrera is now a Manchester United player after paying the buyout clause in his contract himself.

The Spanish starlet penned a four-year deal at Old Trafford on Thursday, with the option of another year.

United assistant manager Ryan Giggs was confident Herrera would succeed in a United shirt.

Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity. We believe him to be one of the brightest young prospects in Spain and I am certain he will be a big hit with the United fans.

“I’m delighted he has made the decision to come to Manchester and play his part in the club’s future. I’m looking forward to seeing him in action on our summer tour to America.”

The La Liga club confirmed on their twitter account earlier today that the player had paid the buyout clause in his contract – a subject which has been the only hitch in United’s first summer signing.

United fans can now sit back and enjoy Herrera playing in their summer tour of America and in the new Barclays Premier League season, which kicks off in less than two months.

There had been some confusion over the player’s £29m buyout clause, and some news outlets were reporting that United had bid just £150,000 short of the clause, something on which the club is yet to comment.

Herrera’s signing is only United’s second central midfield addition in recent years – clear indication of new manager Louis van Gaal’s intent.

Fans will be heartened to hear of the player’s desperation for the move. So much has been made of United’s apparent difficulty to sign players last summer that United supporters had become somewhat edgy – particularly considering the club do not have Champions League football to offer this season.

The debate now shifts to which shirt number Herrera will wear at United following his move from Athletic Club de Bilbao.