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Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Javier Hernandez and Jordy Clasie

Manchester United's Javier Chicharito Hernandez gives a thumb up before the team's friendly soccer match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2014

Louis van Gaal got the Dutch era at Manchester United off to the perfect start on Wednesday night. His team beat LA Galaxy 7-0 in the Chevrolet Cup on its USA tour.

And as United continue their travels, the future and destinations of Mexico's Javier Hernandez and the Netherlands' Jordy Clasie remain hotly debated.

Here is the latest news surrounding both talents.

 

Javier Hernandez

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After joining United back in 2010, it seems ever more likely that Chicharito will be leaving Old Trafford before the end of the transfer window.

The striker could be off to either Italy or Spain as a tug-of-war develops between two continental powers: Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.

101 Great Goals cites quotes from Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport in which former United captain Nemanja Vidic advocates the striker's potential switch to Inter

COMO, ITALY - JULY 04:  Nemanja Vidic, new signing for FC Internazionale Milano during a press conference at the club's training ground on July 4, 2014 in Appiano Gentile Como, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Vidic said to the Italian newspaper, "My former teammate Hernandez to Inter? These are matters for the club’s management, but it is clear that Chicharito could go to any club and he would be welcomed with open arms."

But Felipe Monforte of Marca reports that ESPN's Jorge Ramos believes the Little Pea could be on his way to the La Liga champions, who are looking to rebuild their forward line after the departure of Diego Costa to Chelsea.

Ramos said, "It's not a done deal, but there's a strong chance of him ending up at Atletico de Madrid."

The 26-year-old suffered under David Moyes in what was a season to forget for player and club.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Manchester United Manager David Moyes substitutes Wayne Rooney for Javier Hernandez during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on March 29, 2014 in Manchester, Englan
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Hernandez also lost his place in the starting line-up for his country at the World Cup, and he only played a supporting role from the bench after being Mexico's main protagonist the past four years. 

Last season, he only started six games for United in the Premier League despite lengthy and repeated injuries to both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

He would surely favour a move away now and welcome the opportunity to kick-start his career at either Inter or Atletico.

However, Van Gaal insists he will give Chicharito an opportunity under his new regime. The manager said the following, as per the club's official website: "I have to see if he performs how I want. Now I can only see what he has showed under the guidance of another coach. He will arrive this evening and I will meet him, we will train and after that he will perform in a match and then I can say something about that."

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 23:  Javier Hernandez of Mexico celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.  (Photo by Miguel Tovar/G
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Chicharito promised much in a United shirt during the Sir Alex Ferguson years but has flattered to deceive recently. He is without doubt a predatory striker, but his all-round game is very average. He consistently is caught offside, and despite a good work rate, he contributes little to the buildup play of the team.

A move to La Liga or Serie A would suit the player perfectly. He is good enough to penetrate Inter's side, and with Costa leaving Atletico, Chicharito would provide goals for the Madrid team.

But with Rooney and RvP in front of him at United, and Danny Welbeck's versatility across the attack, it is unlikely he will be able to force his way into the Red Devils' first team unless any of the strikers are injured.

 

Jordy Clasie

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17: Jordy Clasie of Holland looks to hold of Ecuador's Joao Rojas during the International Friendly match between The Netherlands and Ecuador at The Amsterdam Arena on May 17, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Charlie
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Talented Dutch midfielder Clasie could be on his way to English football, but it will not be with Manchester United as previously touted.

Alex Crook of The Mirror writes that new Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has targeted the young talent after a player exodus from St Mary's, which has created a sizeable transfer fund.

The 23-year-old impressed for Feyenoord last season, playing 32 times in the Eredivisie and appearing twice at the World Cup.

Football writer and analyst Matthew Doyle complimented Clasie during the tournament in Brazil, tweeting that the player should have started more games for the Netherlands:

It had been thought that Van Gaal may want to take the prodigious talent to United with him, but no transfer has materialised, as reported by Ben Jefferson for the Daily Express.

According to Crook, Koeman sees Clasie as a replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin should Koeman lose the Frenchman. Bleacher Report's Elko Born also commented about other clubs that are interested in Clasie:

Clasie is a promising player, and he could thrive in LvG's environment at United.

But a move to a club like Southampton may be more suited to him as he develops fully and experiences the pace of the Premier League.

The player's talent is not in doubt, but United need to add a world-class midfielder and defender to their ranks, and Clasie does not fit the bill currently. A strong season with Southampton would do him good, and Koeman would be a strong mentor for a player who could hit the heights of world football one day.

 

Stats via WhoScored unless otherwise noted.

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