Arsenal eye move for Javier Hernandez

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Arsenal are interested in signing Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez at the end of the season, once he returns from his loan spell with European champions Real Madrid.

This is according to reports in Spain - and brought to our attention by the Daily Star - which add that Liverpool and Tottenham are also eyeing a shock move for the Mexico international.

The Red Devils are expected to demand around £12 million for Hernandez, who arrived at Old Trafford in 2010, although it’s unclear whether they will be prepared to sell to one of their domestic rivals.

Liverpool move unlikely

Certainly, the chances of Hernandez ending up at Liverpool appear very slim. No player has been directly transferred between the Merseyside outfit and United since 1964 - and it seems very unlikely that Hernandez would be allowed to complete a move to Anfield.

The two interested north London clubs, however, stand a better chance of signing the 26-year-old.

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Manchester United sold Danny Welbeck to Arsenal in the summer for the relatively low price of £16 million, while the Red Devils have conducted business with Tottenham on numerous occasions over recent years and might not regard Mauricio Pochettino’s side as direct rivals, despite the fact United finished lower than Spurs in the league table last season.

Hernandez unhappy

Hernandez had hoped to secure a permanent transfer to Real Madrid following his ‘dream’ move to the Bernabeu at the end of the summer transfer window.

The Mexican admits he “didn’t hesitate” to join Los Blancos when he became aware of their interest, but things have not panned out quite as he would have hoped for.

Recent reports claim that Hernandez currently feels unhappy and frustrated at the Bernabeu due to a lack of playing time. The live-wire striker has only made a handful of starts for the Spanish giants, with manager Carlo Ancelotti sticking with first-choice forward Karim Benzema instead.

Real Madrid in top form

Hernandez’s pleas for more minutes are likely to fall on deaf ears, though, with the in-form Real Madrid currently playing some scintillating football. Ancelotti’s men have won their last 16 matches in all competitions, scoring 59 goals in the process.

Barring an unexpected turnaround of events in the second half of the season, it seems almost certain that Hernandez will be coming back to the Premier League next summer - but he may have already played his final match for Manchester United.

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