Ex-Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has weighed in on the prospect of Javier Hernandez moving to Inter Milan this summer, and believes that the forward would be welcomed with open arms at the club.
The Serbian centre-back, who made the switch to the San Siro earlier this summer after seeing his United contract expire, was the first player of note to leave the club following the disastrous season experienced under David Moyes, but there’s plenty others who may follow him out the door.
With Louis van Gaal’s arrival a number of first-team stars are facing uncertain futures and Hernandez, who has struggled to become a regular starter behind Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, finds himself in the category of players perhaps on their way out.
When asked his thoughts on whether or not Hernandez could move to Inter, having seen the Mexican linked with such a transfer heavily in recent days, Vidic confirmed to Italian source Gazzetta dello Sport that his old team-mate would be readily accepted.
“My former partner Hernandez Inter? These are the things involved in the management, then it is clear that Chicharito could use any club and would be welcomed with open arms,” the 32-year-old said.
With Van Gaal set to wield the axe once he has assessed who he deems able to take his United team forward and who isn’t, a large crop of players will be using the pre-season tour of the U.S to stake a claim for their Old Trafford spot. Hernandez is joined by the likes of Tom Cleverley, Ashley Young, Nani, Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck, yet while they are already in training he has only just joined the training camp following his post-World Cup break.
As such the 26-year-old finds himself in an unfavourable position, and the rumours have already began to spread suggesting that he is not in Van Gaal’s long-term plans. With the speculation mounting that United could try to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani this idea is only fueled further, and it could end up that Hernandez pushes for a move rather than waits to see if he is sold or not.
Along with Inter, Arsenal have been credited with interest in the diminutive striker, who has proven himself capable of routinely scoring goals at the highest level. A move to one of United’s Premier League rivals might not sit top of Hernandez’s list, but it could be an option if Arsene Wenger can promise him a starting berth, particularly given the level of ambition the Gunners are now showing in the transfer market.
That being said a move to Inter and Serie A remains the most favourable, with the Italian giants said to be willing to spend a chunk of their summer budget on securing his signature.