Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez will reportedly ask his parent club to lower his release clause in a bid to secure a permanent move to Real Madrid this summer.
Spanish daily Marca detail on their front page how the Mexico international is close to landing his dream switch to the Santiago Bernabeu, although Los Blancos’ option to sign him for €20 million is due to expire on April 30. With that in mind Hernandez is to ask United to extend that period, which would undoubtedly give Real more time to consider buying him.
Despite having initially found himself offered only opportunities from the bench, Hernandez has recently stolen the show in Madrid, first netting the all-important winner that saw them triumph over city rivals Atletico in the Champions League quarter-finals and then bagging a brace against Celta Vigo at the weekend.
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Such form will have certainly given Carlo Ancelotti food for thought, as Hernandez has become a reliable backup option to the trio of Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Experienced as they come and able to operate efficiently in the final third, it’s once again his ‘super-sub’ status that gives him the edge on others that Real might consider. That said this time Chicharito seems content to serve as a reserve option, so long as it’s at the Bernabeu.
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No United break
One things for sure, and that’s that his future at United is bleak at best. Louis van Gaal has very much evolved his side from the one he inherited last summer, and the only ones who look set to have a prosperous time at Old Trafford are the ones who have excelled there for the duration of this campaign.
With Robin van Persie still fighting for his role leading the line, Wayne Rooney having proved pivotal to Van Gaal’s plans and James Wilson also looking to move into the starting XI on a more regular basis it looks like the positions in the final third have been sewn up, and even if they haven’t United will likely prefer to turn to a world-class frontman rather than one who has made a name for himself as an understudy to more reputable names.
That said it’s credible to assume that he is Real’s order of the day, which may be enough to earn him a move there.
Though Florentino Perez will want to throw his millions at finding the next Galactico in the summer he’ll know that ignoring the plan B is a perilous way to go about things, and if Hernandez can convince United to sell him for cheaper than €20m Real might just be ready to negotiate with intent.
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