Juventus have emerged as the favourites to land Javier Hernandez and the Italian club are poised to open talks with Manchester United to negotiate a possible deal for him – but there could be one problem.
According to the Daily Express, the Serie A champions are keen on adding the Mexican forward to their ranks this summer and Louis van Gaal is prepared to let him leave, but the Old Trafford club’s £11million valuation is creating something of a stumbling block to agreeing a deal.
Manchester United’s new boss has been coy on the future of Hernandez when quizzed on whether the Mexico international would remain a part of his plans, but he did admit that any decision on players being bought or sold would be made once the club returns from its pre-season US tour and ahead of the new Premier League season.
The report claims Juventus are unlikely to be able to meet the valuation put on Hernandez, but are offering to take him on loan for a season and paying a £2million fee to do so, before making the deal permanent with a further £8million once the loan is complete.
While United would only be losing out on £1million from their original valuation by accepting the deal, there is a danger that a poor season for ‘Chicharito’ in Serie A could put them off doing a permanent deal and the Red Devils would be left with a similar problem over the striker come next summer.
Hernandez has failed to hit the heights since his early days at the club after he was snapped up by Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of the 2010 World cup in South Africa and the arrival of Robin van Persie two summers ago all but put paid to any prospect of him being one of the first choice centre-forwards at Old Trafford.
Help with another deal?
Manchester United could see the differences with Juventus over a deal for Hernandez as an opportunity to exploit in possible negotiations over another player. Arturo Vidal has been heavily linked with a summer switch to the Premier League giants, but an agreement has yet to materialise.
An area where many believe Van Gaal needs an injection of quality and combative drive is in the centre of midfield, possibly in front of the defence, and signing Vidal would go some way to rectifying that problem.
Meanwhile, Hernandez leaving the Premier League would have an air of disappointment surrounding it as, despite the fact he has won two Premier League titles with United, he has failed to really kick on from his early good form in the red shirt, which suggested he could become one of the leading goalscorers in Europe.