Manchester United are considering allowing Javier Hernandez to join Juventus with the Italian giants having made contact over such a deal, recent speculation suggests.
According to the latest reports from Italy cited by The Daily Express, the Red Devils are weighing up the possibility of allowing the £80,000-per-week Mexican international to move to Serie A on loan with Massimiliano Allegri having seemingly missed out on potential deals for Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski and Colombian star Radamel Falcao.
The same source further suggests that such a temporary transfer could act as an enticing incentive for Juventus over Arturo Vidal, the Chilean international who has been pursued by Manchester United for a number of months now.
A fresh start of this kind could be extremely beneficial for Hernandez, with the 26-year-old's career having stuttered somewhat at Old Trafford in recent times.
Never a lover of his 'super sub' tag, Hernandez scored just four goals under David Moyes last season and was clearly not viewed as a credible starter during the Scot's doomed reign in charge of the club.
The continued presence of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie at Manchester United would suggest that is not likely to change under Louis van Gaal, although he did start the Premier League opener against Swansea City last weekend before being substituted for Nani at half-time.
Hernandez was not called upon at all during Sunday's disappointing 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, despite Van Gaal's side attempting to push for all three points during the latter stages of the match.
Allegri wants Hernandez
Juventus have been well-stocked in the forward department in recent years. However, the recent exits of Fabio Quagliarella and Mirko Vucinic have left new manager Massimilano Allegri somewhat shorter of quality options in the final third.
Their supposed contact with Manchester United over Hernandez would suggest they have identified their top target, with the former Guadalajara man potentially providing a slightly different threat to that of existing strikeforce Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.
If allowing Hernandez to move to Turin will significantly aid Manchester United's attempts to finally capture £34 million-rated Vidal, then it is surely a deal that Van Gaal and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward should sanction without even a moment's hesitation.
The experienced Dutchman - who has suffered a disappointing start to his career in England - has made no secret of hid admiration for the Chilean enforcer and his signing would certainly signal some serious intent with the arrival of Real Madrid playmaker Angel di Maria now seemingly imminent.
Hernandez's influence, sadly, is now on the decline. Three-time Serie A champion Vidal, however, is perfectly suited to Manchester United's current needs and would certainly command an instant starting beth were he to join prior to next week's transfer deadline.