Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Javier Hernandez's loan move from Manchester United to Real Madrid has been confirmed by both clubs.
United's official Twitter announced the news, followed by a statement from Madrid's official website:
BREAKING: Javier Hernandez joins Real Madrid on a season-long loan. Real have first buying option on the striker at the end of the loan.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 1, 2014
Real Madrid C. F. and Manchester United have reached an agreement for the loan of Javier Chicharito Hernández, who will be at the club throughout this season.
Real Madrid have the option to purchase the player.
Javier Chicharito Hernández will appear before the media in the Santiago Bernabéu press room today at 16:30.
Mexico boss Miguel Herrera had earlier wished the striker well at the European champions. Herrera tweeted the following, translated underneath by 101 Great Goals:
Llegar al Real Madrid es una gran oportunidad para @CH14_ , a quién le deseo el mejor de los ¡éxitos!— Miguel Herrera (@MiguelHerreraDT) September 1, 2014
Getting to play for Real Madrid is a great opportunity for @ CH14_ , whom I wish the best of success!
The striker was pictured arriving for his medical on Monday, as provided by L'Actu Foot, and he will presented as a Madrid player shortly:
Updates from Friday, Aug. 29
Juventus are in talks with Manchester United for the loan transfer of Javier Hernandez.
Approaches were reported from both Juve and Valencia on Thursday, but Gianluca di Marzio provides further details, via David Amoyal:
Juventus has officially opened the negotiation to acquire Hernandez. The bianconeri met with Chicharito’s agents today, they would like to acquire him on loan with option to buy. Juventus is now waiting for Manchester United’s answer.
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 28
Javier Hernandez has been approached by Valencia and Juventus, according to sources at BBC Sport and the Independent.
The Manchester United striker appears set to leave this summer, and there are clubs queuing up for his services:
Juventus and Valencia are both in the market for Javier Hernandez #mufc— ian herbert (@ianherbs) August 28, 2014
Javier Hernandez may have played his last game for Manchester United after reports in Italy suggest Juventus have made progress in their quest to sign the striker.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio believes the Serie A champions have moved in on the 26-year-old, indicating a temporary agreement could soon go ahead:
Juventus want to acquire a striker before the end of the window. At the moment, their main target is Chicharito Hernandez: Juventus’ management likes the Manchester United striker a lot. In the last hours, there have been new contacts with the agent of the Mexican forward, who would like to convince United to let him go on loan with option.
Does Javier Hernandez have a future at Manchester United?
Hernandez has started both of United's defeats this season. He opened the Premier League campaign with a non-existent performance against Swansea, before following up with an abysmal display in Tuesday night's 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat against MK Dons.
Chicharito was one of the side's senior members against the League One club, but he managed to post one of his weakest performances in a United shirt. He consistently misplaced passes, dropped too deep to receive possession and was easily knocked off the ball by stronger opponents.
Hernandez failed to test the keeper by scuffing a shot wide in the opening minutes, an attempt which amounted to his best of the match.
Despite scoring 23 goals in 24 starts and 25 substitute appearances during his first two Premier League campaigns, per WhoScored.com, the Mexican has never managed to hold down a consistent place in the first team. He failed to grasp opportunities under David Moyes last season and looks to be regressing under Louis van Gaal.
Hernandez's problems stem from inconsistency after initially contributing massively to United's success.
While prolific upon arrival, his game has slowly subsided to the point where he offers the team very little. He strays offside often, isn't a great hold-up player and can't be considered an aerial threat. He lacks pace and power on the ball, while his passing remains sloppy. The deadly runs he used to make have disappeared, as has his finishing ability.
That said, he has the potential to be a useful goalscorer when confident. Juventus represents a smart destination for the out-of-form player, who could establish himself in Massimiliano Allegri's team.
The new boss will want to stamp his own influence on the side without changing too much of what made Antonio Conte such a success, meaning Hernandez is a smart option. The striker could feed off Carlos Tevez's dogged running or form a "Little and Large" partnership with Fernando Llorente.
Hernandez doesn't represent much of a risk when Juventus' other strikers can do the business, while he could be earmarked as a stroke of genius from Allegri if he scores a significant amount of goals.
Of course, the player could also be used to broker a deal for Arturo Vidal's long-rumoured transfer to Manchester United, per Ian Herbert of The Independent. The Premier League side would be wise to offload Hernandez if it means Vidal can come the other way, such is the shortage in Van Gaal's midfield.
Mexican boss Miguel Herrera also believes Hernandez should leave in order to reestablish himself. Herrera pointed toward Juve as a viable destination after dropping the striker from his starting lineup at the World Cup. Herrera spoke to ESPN:
I think (Chicharito) needs to leave. I think (Juventus) would be a good option for him. When a coach doesn't want you - when you have your best experience, your best moment with them, and now the coach that wanted you is no longer there - it's time to move.
Hernandez would be wise to follow his national coach, as at 26, he should be heading toward peak form. The opposite is currently happening due to a mixture of limited opportunities and complacency. There's no doubt the player's stock has dipped, highlighted by his performance against MK Dons, but he can still add value to an elite side.
Juventus may just pluck one of the summer's best bargains if he heads to Italy, where Hernandez will need to dust off his old shooting boots if he's to be deemed a success.