Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is being lined up as a potential replacement for Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid next season.

Chelsea hope to complete the £32m signing of Spain international Costa this summer, and Atletico will make a move for United’s unhappy Mexican Javier Hernandez if they lose their top scorer, according to El Mundo Deportivo.

Hernandez has made just five Premier League starts for the Red Devils this season and is expected to leave Old Trafford, after four years at the club, when the transfer window re-opens. As many as six European clubs were reportedly interested in the 25-year-old forward back in January - although it’s unclear whether Atletico Madrid were among the potential suitors back then.

However, with Chelsea determined to sign their number one transfer target Costa in the summer, Atletico boss Diego Simeone needs a contingency plan - and Hernandez has been highlighted as a possible replacement for the striker who has rocked La Liga with his goalscoring exploits this season.

Costa has scored 25 goals in 30 league games for Atleti since the start of the 2013/14 campaign, while Hernandez has scored four Premier League goals in 20 appearances - his poor record mainly down to his lack of starts under current Red Devils’ manager David Moyes.

But Simeone may feel he can bring the best out of Hernandez, who could yet shine at this summer’s World Cup finals with Mexico.

Manchester United fans: would you be sad to see Hernandez leave Old Trafford? Could he cut it under Simeone at Atletico? Have your say in the comments section below.

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