Athletic Bilbao confirm Ander Herrera has paid his buyout clause, expected to join Man United

Earlier today, Athletic Bilbao gave Manchester United fans a scare when they announced they had rejected a 36 million euro offer for Ander Herrera.

Effectively, it appears Bilbao were keen to announce that Herrera is pushing the move through himself, which they have done on Thursday afternoon.

After the United bid was rejected, Bilbao have still lost Ander Herrera, with the player paying the full fee 36 million euro fee himself, to remove him from his own contract.

Manchester United will have paid Herrera the 36 million euros – in a move similar to how Javi Martinez left for Bayern Munich, also from Bilbao.

The official statement simply states that Herrera has been released from his contract after paying the clause.

Whilst Manchester United are not mentioned in the statement, it is understood Herrera has passed a medical at Carrington and will be unveiled by the Premier League champions in the next 24 hours.

Some further Tweets, followed by the statement in Spanish, on the transfer of Ander Herrera to Manchester United are below.