Javier Hernandez is in line to leave Bayer Leverkusen after two seasons with the Bundesliga side, according to German outlet Bild.
The Mexican arrived at Old Trafford back in 2010 and made an instant impact, claiming 20 goals during his opening campaign as Manchester United romped to a 19th Premier League title.
He was then, much to the displeasure of supporters, sold to Leverkusen back in 2015 and went on to claim 26 goals as Man United struggled for attacking potency under Louis van Gaal.
And according to sources in Germany, alongside reports back in January suggesting he would be made available during this summer’s window, the 29-year-old could be on the market once again following a difficult year that has seen three different managers in the Leverkusen dug-out.
Van Gaal didn’t just let a fan favourite leave the club with barely any explanation; he did so for just €11m – also known as robbery in today’s market.
What it does mean, however, is that Jose Mourinho – currently in the market for a Zlatan Ibrahimovic replacement – could secure the 29-year-old for a relatively nominal figure, or perhaps even just on loan, in order to inject some much needed potency in the final third.
Mourinho clearly loves Chicharito and has already spoken directly about him, claiming the Mexican striker would have scored 20 goals in this United team last year had he been part of it. He’s now available, is that enough to entice Mourinho?
United’s kryptonite last season was an inability to finish off chances against lesser sides at home – precisely what Chicharito championed in wonderfully diverse ways during his time at Old Trafford.
He may have endured a difficult, injury hit campaign last year, managing just 13 goals (still more than Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial), but just watch his header against Portugal in the Confederations Cup and tell me that such natural poacher’s instinct isn’t exactly what this club needs as they embark on the 2017/18 campaign.
Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata must remain the priority, of course, but having the Little Pea as an option off the bench when things aren’t quite going to plan – another thing United didn’t have last year – surely wouldn’t hurt.