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Juventus prepare summer bid for Javier Hernandez

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Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez - on loan at Real Madrid - is tipped to leave his parent club at the end of the season and Juventus have now joined the race for the player.

The Daily Telegraph reported earlier in the week that the Red Devils have already decided to sell Chicharito in the summer, even if loanee Radamel Falcao doesn't sign a permanent deal in the summer.

First option

Carlo Ancelotti has first option on the Mexican international, but The Daily Star reports that Los Blancos will not be taking it up at the end of the season, sending the player back to Manchester United.

And, the newspaper cites speculation in Italy when claiming that the Bianconeri want to bring Hernandez to Serie 'A' - once they offload Sebastian Giovinco.

Despite falling put of favour at Old Trafford under David Moyes, the striker had previously shown his ability off the bench in the Premier League, which could explain why clubs in England are credited with an interest.

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The Star report claims Arsenal are one of the parties keen on Hernandez, and manager Arsene Wenger isn't flush with options in attack at the Emirates Stadium.

Olivier Giroud is the regular, out-an-out striker for the Gunners, whilst Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez can also play in the position. Lukas Podolski has been shipped out, whilst youngster Yaya Sanogo is expected to leave on loan.

Hernandez isn't a typical lone striker and might struggle in a 4-2-3-1 formation for Arsenal. However, he's an option off the bench and would also suit a big-man, little-man combination if Wenger wanted to start with two in attack.

Wage issue?

One stumbling block for the Gunners would likely be the wages, with Hernandez earning £90,000-a-week. They were paying Podolski a similar amount before letting him leave north London, and in many ways it was wasted money as the German could not get into the first team.

Whether Juventus are willing to pay such a figure remains to be seen, but Massimiliano Allegri is now in the race for the player and if Arsenal do want to sign 'the Little Pea', they have a transfer battle on their hands.

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