Real Madrid have requested that Manchester United extend their deadline to sign Javier Hernandez until the end of the season according to reports in Spain.
The Mexican forward is on loan at the Bernabeu this season and initially failed to make an impact, however he's scored four goals in his last six games, including the winner in the Champions League semi-final against victory against Atletico Madrid.
That prompted Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti to describe him as 'non-negotiable' on current form, however the Spanish giants have missed the deadline to make his loan move from Manchester United permanent for a fee of around €10 million.
Now Spanish newspaper AS claim that Madrid have asked Manchester United to push the deadline to activate their exclusivity clause back to the end of the season on May 25, or June 7 if they make it to the final of the Champions League.
The report adds that they will have to pay €22.5 million in order to get the deal done, having already forked out a €2.5 million loan fee.
There are likely to be plenty of comings and goings at Old Trafford when the summer window opens as boss Louis van Gaal looks to overhaul his squad. The Red Devils splashed over £150 million at the start of the season and have been linked with a host of top players this time round including Paul Pogba, Mats Hummels and Memphis Depay.
The Dutch boss will oversee sweeping changes in attack, with Radamel Falcao almost certain to return to Monaco at the end of his loan spell and doubts over the future of Robin van Persie. If Hernandez does complete his switch to Real Madrid then that would leave Manchester United with just Wayne Rooney and James Wilson to call upon, and Van Gaal will likely be in the market for a forward.
A host of names have been suggested including Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani and Porto ace Jackson Martinez.
Javier Hernandez has spent his career putting the ball in the back of the net, and it's no surprise that he's found his shooting boots eventually at Madrid.
However he will never be more than a back up striker in a team that deploys just one man up front. He works in a team that has Bale and Ronaldo but Benzema is a better all-round option. If he's happy to play second fiddle in the prime of his career then he will stay put. If he has any ambition to be a starter, it may be worth dropping down a level and getting more time on the pitch.
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