Valencia are thought to have made an offer for Javier Hernandez, and hope the prospect of regular first team football will help land their man.
The Mexico international left his homeland and Guadalajara for Manchester United in the summer of 2010, when Sir Alex Ferguson used £6million of his budget to lure him to England. Hernandez was an instant hit during his debut campaign at Old Trafford, scoring 13 goals in 27 appearances as the Reds regained the title from Chelsea.
However, despite another title success in 2013, he endured a miserable time under David Moyes last term when he scored just four times in 24 outings. The 26-year-old has struggled to command a regular place in United’s first team plans, with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and often Danny Welbeck preferred, and it is widely believed that he is one of a handful of players Louis van Gaal is prepared to leave the club.
It has been reported that Valencia have made a firm bid for Hernandez, as they look to improve on last season’s eighth place La Liga finish. And although they are likely to face competition from Juventus, coach Nuno Espirito Santo will try and convince the striker that his chances of first team action would be more so at the Mestalla, as the Italians are already well stocked with Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Morata.
The Serie A giants, though, would be able to offer the United player UEFA Champions League football. Van Gaal may also prefer to do business with the Bianconeri if it improves his chances of persuading them to part with Arturo Vidal, the Chile international midfield player, who has been linked with the Reds for much of the current window.