Manchester United ace Javier Hernandez is wanted by Juventus, though they aren’t willing to pay the full amount it will take to secure a permanent deal, according to the Daily Express.
The paper, citing Italian sources, claims that the Mexican is a top target for Turin chief Beppe Marotta, and suggests that he will look to set up talks with United concerning Hernandez’s sale as soon as possible. However, with Juve not keen on spending the mooted £15million it would take to buy him, it’s said that the offer would involve a £2million loan deal for a year, with an option to purchase for a further £8million this time next summer.
The future of Hernandez has long been a subject of intense speculation, often fueled by comments from the player himself or rumours that he is seeking regular game-time. Though he’s never been frozen out of the United setup entirely the 26-year-old was at most a 'super-sub' under Sir Alex Ferguson, and his role lessened under David Moyes.
Now, with Louis van Gaal having taken over, it would appear that his opportunities in the first-team are destined to be cut further still, with the Dutchman not convinced of Hernandez’ ability to thrive in his system due to the fact he isn’t as versatile as those he is competing with.
The likes of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Robin van Persie can all be shifted fairly effortlessly into new positions should Van Gaal need to change formation quickly, but Hernandez is really an out and out finisher, and so his stock with the new United manager isn’t as high as it might have been with his predecessors.
Antonio Conte may have left the club but Juventus’ longing to continue their dominant period at the summit of Italian football remains as strong as ever. Marotta is a fairly hands-on chief and will likely go to great lengths to secure a meeting with Hernandez’ current employers if he believes that’s what it takes to get the deal done.
Meanwhile Juve have a player of their own who could help tempt United into a trade, as Arturo Vidal’s future remains very much up in the air.
The Chile international has been linked with an Old Trafford switch for some time now, though his club have constantly looked to stave off speculation, and it’s been said in recent days that Van Gaal may try his hand with a swap deal including Hernandez and Nani (who Juve also admire) heading the other way.