Manchester United are ready to use Javier Hernandez as bait to land Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, according to the Daily Mail.

Reports in Spain on Wednesday claimed Sir Alex Ferguson had moved into pole position to sign the £47million-rated striker, ahead of rivals Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Now the Mail report claims Manchester City are also interested and losing out to Manchester United’s big bargaining chip – allowing Old Trafford striker Javier Hernandez go the other way.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been linked with a move for Falcao for some time and many expected the Colombian international to end up at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Manchester City’s interest could be due to the failure to replace Mario Balotelli after selling him to AC Milan in January.

The report in the Mail claims Manchester United landing Falcao would be a huge blow to the Citizens and Chelsea.

Roberto Mancini’s side were snubbed for Old Trafford last summer by Robin van Persie and losing out on another transfer target to their rivals would be hard to take.

Hernandez has seen himself dropped down the pecking order at Manchester United since Van Persie’s arrival.

The Mexican has been linked with a move to Atletico in the past, so a swap deal between the two could make sense on some levels.

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