Player-plus-cash deal turned down for 'priceless' United striker

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Sir Alex Ferguson has dealt Jose Mourinho a blow in his pursuit of Javier Hernandez, telling the Real Madrid manager to keep his hands off the young star, according to the Daily Mail.

Mourinho was reportedly interested in signing Hernandez, with the manager telling Ferguson to name a price for the striker.

But Ferguson has told the Manchester United board that any offer for Hernandez will be categorically turned down, and no matter how much Mourinho can pay up, Hernandez is considered ‘priceless’ by the United camp.


Mourinho even reportedly offered a cash-plus-player deal for Hernandez, with Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain put on the table to sweeten the deal for the Manchester United manager.

But Ferguson wouldn’t be swayed, reports say, after Hernandez equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s debut goal scoring record this season.

Hernandez came second only to top goal scorer Dimitar Berbatov this season in the United ranks, bagging 20 goals for the side and four across Europe.

The 23-year-old is set to be given a bonus in his wage to reflect his amazing efforts this season, as Ferguson looks to build United's attacking formation around Hernandez and striking partner Rooney.

The youngster has been so good this season, that he ousted Berbatov from the starting position in the Manchester United squad, despite Berbatov being joint top scorer for the Barclays Premier League this season with Carlos Tevez.

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