Ander Herrera set for extra year at Manchester United

Paul Pogba plays for Manchester United versus Stoke in the Premier League

And Barcelona could reportedly make a January swoop for the 28-year-old to provide additional depth in midfield.

UNITED are poised to activate a 12-month extension to Ander Herrera's contract if talks over a new deal remain deadlocked.

Herrera has struggled to secure a regular place in Jose Mourinho's side with the Spaniard starting just two Premier League games this term.

The former Athletic Bilbao star's current deal expires in June 2018, leaving him free to discuss a Bosman move with foreign clubs from January onwards.

But he has been used relatively sparingly this season, only returning to the first-team fold after injuries to Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini.

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And Mourinho is keen not to lose him to Barcelona.

Reports state that besides the Belgian, the likes of David de Gea, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford are all set to be offered new deals by the end of the season. The Belgium global midfielder is out of contract next summer, with United already having triggered the 12-month option in his deal, but Fellaini's representatives have rejected the club's opening offer.

Last month, Herrera said: "I feel as important as I did last season".

United are keen for the player to stay but are mindful that foreign clubs would be free to talk to the Spain global from January.

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