Lazio are plotting a shock swoop to secure the services of Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez in the hope that they can get him onboard before the January transfer window slams shut.
According to the Daily Star the diminutive Mexico international is up for grabs as Real Madrid have no intention of turning his loan spell into a permanent switch in the summer, and Lazio are ready to take advantage of his situation by submitting a formal offer.
Hernandez, who was regularly used as a ‘super-sub’ by Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, looks to have come to the end of his United career, with Louis van Gaal drafting in Radamel Falcao at the beginning of the summer, and also having both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney on his roster.
With his current contract set to expire within a year the chances of him getting an extension are so small they’re beyond considering, and with suitors lining up across Europe he will soon have a decision to make.
However, according to the report in question his future is set to be resolved sooner rather than later, and Lazio could test both United’s and Real’s resolve with a bid in the coming days.
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It’s understood that Los Blancos wouldn’t be prepared to consent to the deal seeing as though they’d be left with absolutely no time in which to land a replacement, but with Van Gaal keen to sell the case isn’t quite closed yet. The Dutchman will offload in the summer if he can’t before Monday, with his plans to overhaul United’s squad far from realised.
Indeed Hernandez looks like being just one of a host of players on their way out of Old Trafford. The quintet of Nani, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Nick Powell and Wilfried Zaha all find themselves either looking for new clubs or set to be in the near future, and so the list of individuals currently on the books could be very different to the one that’s there at the beginning of next season.