Manchester Unitedâ€™s failed move for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera is being blamed on Spanish financial complications.
The Mirror says United lost their nerve when the proposed Â£30.4m transfer hit late complications.
United were scared off by legal implications which meant they had to pay every penny of the fee up front immediately, and could also potentially have faced an increase of anything from 20 to 50 per cent, despite promising the Athletic Bilbao player they would meet his buy out clause.
As for the three imposters, they were in fact sports law EXPERTS, who were sent to speak to La Liga officials to try to unravel the massively complicated deal.
But there wasn't enough time to get a definitive resolution to a complicated situation and United pulled out.
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