Ander Herrera is reportedly growing frustrated by the apparent delay to a new deal at Manchester United.
The Spanish midfielder had expected to have his long-term Old Trafford future resolved by now, with less than 12 months remaining on his present £130,000 per week terms.
Similarly to his compatriot team-mate, Juan Mata, the Red Devils will take up their extension to retain the player for another year, albeit, there is a growing sense the club's money men are purposely dragging their heels to avoid paying out increased salaries until it necessitates.
United insiders are concerned that is sending out the wrong message to two players who have already made it crystal clear they want to commit the best part of their careers to the Manchester giants.
The 28-year-old Herrera, in particular, can feel aggrieved, having been named United's player of the year last season, having thrived since the arrival of Jose Mourinho.
The former Athletic Bilbao player is aware there are clubs back in his homeland who are taking a keen interest in the situation, with Barcelona previously making overtures towards him camp.
United are remaining tight-lipped when the deals will be brought to fruition, insisting they will get done on their timeline and not before, as they concentrate on trying to land the Premier League title for the first time since 2013.