The Russian forward graduated to the first team at Santiago Bernabeu this summer, and was expected to play a peripheral role in Carlo Ancelotti’s side this term.
However, it has been reported that the 22-year-old wants regular playing time in a World Cup year, and will spend the remainder of the season in Andalucia.
The Basque club this week rejected United's move for the 24-year-old and president Josu Urrutia made it clear that if Herrera is to leave he will have to ask permission and his buyout clause of 36 million euros ($47.5 million) must be paid.
Speaking after Bilbao's 3-1 La Liga defeat at Real Madrid, Valverde said that to his knowledge Herrera, who was on the bench at the Bernabeu, had not asked to move on.
Unai Emery has conceded that the departures of Geoffrey Kondogbia and Gary Medel have hampered Sevilla's start to the season.
The Rojiblancos have claimed just one point from six so far this term, and the Coach has admitted that they need a win this weekend against Malaga.
“They were unexpected departures,” he told a Press conference. “They were important players for us – the lungs of the team defensively and offensively.
“Malaga will be hard to break down. They lost against Barcelona and Valencia, but played well in both games.
“Nevertheless, I hope my players call upon their skills and get a win.
“I’m happy with what we’ve done so far.
“I expect an intense, dynamic and aggressive game.”
Milan will reportedly fly out today to complete a deal for Kaka, but he may only stay with the Rossoneri until March before moving to LA Galaxy.
The Brazilian declared this week he wanted to leave and coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed in Saturday’s press conference that Real Madrid will grant that request.
Despite interest from Manchester United and Arsenal, he seems set on a return to San Siro, the club he left for a then-world-record transfer fee in 2009.
Italian media suggests that Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani will fly out to Madrid in order to complete negotiations with both club and player.
However, Tuttosport claim this will only be a temporary stop-over for the 31-year-old.
It’s reported Kaka will stay with Milan until March, when the MLS season begins, and will then move on to the Galaxy.
This would enable the Rossoneri to save on his wages, spending €3.5m for six months, and Kaka would essentially make way for Keisuke Honda when he arrives on a free transfer from CSKA Moscow in January.
CSKA Moscow had given the all-clear to Milan to buy Honda, but changed their minds after the Champions League draw on Thursday.
Gareth Bale will reportedly complete his huge transfer to Real Madrid on Sunday.
Reports in both England and Spain have it that the Welshman will sign on Sunday and be presented to the fans on Monday.
The fee is again thought to be a world-record deal, with an amount of £86m reported after Saturday's papers claimed that it would in fact be less to preserve Cristiano Ronaldo's £80m record.
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