Serie A giants Inter Milan must ensure they win the race for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.
The Mexican has spent the season on loan at Real Madrid after failing to impress Louis Van Gaal, but is unlikely to remain at the Champions League holders having spent the majority of his time in La Liga languishing on the substitute’s bench and amongst the reserves.
However Inter should offer him a way out of Old Trafford and could pair him with Mauro Icardi in order to mount a title challenge next season.
Goal machine needs a new challenge
Despite his struggles in Manchester and Madrid, Hernandez has shown throughout his career that when given the opportunity he can rise to the occasion and score goals galore for whoever grants him a starting berth.
He was particularly prolific during the days where Sir Alex Ferguson ruled the roost, scoring 20 times in his debut season to fire United to both the Premier League title and Champions League final.
However the form of Wayne Rooney and development of Danny Welbeck saw him fall further down the pecking order, while the arrival of Robin Van Persie in the summer of 2012 signalled an end to his hopes of being a regular fixture in the side.
Hernandez was used even more sparingly by David Moyes during the Scot’s brief time in the hotseat, whilst Van Gaal shipped him out on loan as a way of accommodating Radamel Falcao who arrived from Monaco on Transfer Deadline Day.
Despite United fans actually preferring their Mexican forward to Falcao in a recent poll, he is expected to depart in the summer bringing his difficult time at the Theatre of Dreams to a belated end.
And Inter should pounce in order to relieve some of the burden on the shoulders of the ruthless Icardi, who has scored 15 league goals in 27 appearances so far this season.
The youngster was originally paired with the charismatic Dani Osvaldo, but the latter’s decision to go awol in January saw his loan spell terminated and parent club Southampton consequently allow him to join Boca Juniors until the end of the season.
Inter may not be the only side interested however with Wolfsburg and Southampton also amongst possible suitors.
The former could potentially get their man but only if they allow former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne to head in the opposite direction, whilst Southampton also have a bargaining chip in the form of England full-back Nathanial Clyne who United are reportedly eager to sign this summer.