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Manchester United Transfer News: Javier Hernandez Must Make Way for Superstar

NORWICH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United looks dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Manchester United at Carrow Road on November 17, 2012 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2014

The rumours surrounding the future of Manchester United's Javier Hernandez continue, prompting the player's agent to deny any move is imminent for the Little Pea. 

Gary Jones of The Daily Star reports that Chicharito's representative has addressed the recent gossip that his player could move in the summer, with Inter Milan a possible destination.

Agent Eduardo Hernandez was quoted by Jones saying:

I think these are just rumours. I have no news of Inter and Manchester United have not let me know anything about a possible offer. The same goes for the other teams that have been linked to my client, to date there is nothing concrete.

Currently, we are not able to say it because we should talk with United, the club with whom Javier still has several years of the contract. At the moment we have not planned any meetings.

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 02:  Paul Pogba (L) of Juventus tackles Mateo Kovacic of FC Internazionale Milano during the Serie A match between Juventus and FC Internazionale Milano at Juventus Arena on February 2, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Penn
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Jones explains that reports have suggested Inter would like to bring the striker to the San Siro, with 19-year-old Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic heading to Old Trafford in a swap deal. 

Kovacic, although very young, is a highly rated central player with superb balance and control. He could potentially fill the void at United left by Paul Pogba, who has shown in Serie A for Juventus that age is no barrier to becoming a success. 

The teenager has featured heavily for Inter this season, playing 23 times in the Italian domestic league, per Squawka.

Kovacic was also recognised as one of the promising young talents in Europe recently in WhoScored.com's list of the best players at the under-21 level. He placed above such names as Southampton's Luke Shaw and Real Madrid's Raphael Varane.

However, sports journalist Fabrizio Romano was frank in his assessment of whether Inter would allow such a player leave their team.

He gave his opinion on Twitter: 

Chicharito is a wonderful goalscorer, and if a team needs the ball put in the back of the net from 10 yards, there is no better option than the Mexican.

However, his all-round game is not good enough, and United suffer when he leads the line.

Strikers for the Red Devils have always been expected to do more than just score. They are expected to drop deeper and contribute in linking the play, especially as the team has traditionally not played with central attacking midfielders.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United challenges goalkeeper Petr Cech of Chelsea for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on January 19, 2014 in London, E
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Chicharito will never be able to do this for the Reds, and it is better that he finds a home where his player type is needed on a consistent basis. United could then sign a superstar in attack who could take the load off Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney's shoulders.

A player such as Edinson Cavani would be hugely appreciated at United for his talent and holistic ability in the forward position. 

Tom Hopkinson of the Mirror recently reported that United were trying to secure the Uruguayan's services.

He would allow David Moyes to play different formations. His power and touch would be more suited to the North West club's needs, and his partnership with the other strikers would yield a fear factor that has been missing this season. 

If Moyes could replace Chicharito with a truly world-class player, United fans would see the sacrifice of the Mexican as acceptable. 

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