Manchester United have signed Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera after announcing they had met the buy-out clause in his Athletic Bilbao contract.
United had a bid of £28.85million for the 24-year-old rejected earlier on Thursday but an improved, though undisclosed, offer was apparently enough to secure his signature.
However, Bilbao said that Herrera had bought himself out of his contract, making him a free agent, before he signed for United.
Herrera said: "Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true. I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic Club in the Europa League and it was one of the highlights of my career so far.
"I have joined United to do all I can to help the team reach the club's objectives. Having arrived on Tuesday I'm excited to now be living in Manchester and I can't wait for my first game in United's famous red shirt."
Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs said: "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.”