Real Madrid have been flexing their financial muscles throughout the summer transfer window, and as deadline day rolled around, all eyes were on the Bernabeu.
While the attacking talent of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez now call themselves Galacticos, it appears that Real Madrid aren’t finished, and have two more big names up their sleeve.
Real Madrid landed Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez on a season-long on Monday, coming in to bolster the club’s attacking options—per BBC Sport.
While Karim Benzema will be Carlo Ancelotti’s first-choice striker this season, the Real Madrid manager needs a player to come in and be Benzema’s No. 2—something that Hernandez appears willing to be.
The 26-year-old heads to the Bernabeu with a place in Los Blancos’ starting 11 seemingly out of the equation, but said that it’s a “dream come true” to follow in the footsteps of Mexican legend Hugo Sanchez by becoming a Madrid player—per Jack Davies of Goal.com:
Playing for Real Madrid is a dream come true. Around the world people know all about this team. Hugo Sanchez made a great career here, but I come to do my own thing, and that is to give everything to help the team. I'm a person who is totally dedicated. A professional player on and off the field. I will give 100 per cent to respond to the confidence they have shown in me and help them get the titles, which is the requirement for this club. I see the challenge of Real Madrid with great joy and motivation. Not all players can wear this shirt.
Chicharito signed for Manchester United back in 2010, and made a big impact at Old Trafford in his first season under Sir Alex Ferguson—scoring 13 Premier League goals according to SoccerWay.
Hernandez continued to impress despite being mainly used a substitute by Ferguson, but new managers at Old Trafford have meant a new role for the 26-year-old.
The substitutes bench has been home to Chicharito over the last year, and it was only a matter of time before he moved on.
Though the Mexican won’t be Ancelotti’s first choice at Real Madrid, he undoubtedly has what it takes to grab a few goals for the La Liga giants, and that could warrant a permanent deal at the end of the campaign.
As Manchester United’s official Twitter feed revealed, Madrid will have the first buying option on the striker come the climax of 2014/15, and it could well prove a good signing.
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
With the attacking stars at Real Madrid’s disposal, having an expert poacher to round off the moves in their setup wouldn’t be the worst thing, and being in the right position at the right time is Hernandez’s speciality.
From a signing that can be justified to one that’s got everyone scratching their heads now, as Real Madrid have been linked to Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin.
As Gianluca Di Marzio revealed, Ancelotti is trying to bring the 28-year-old to the Bernabeu before the transfer window slams shut—reported via David Amoyal:
Real Madrid is trying to get Fredy Guarin, a midfielder that Ancelotti wants- deal could be completed on loan (@DiMarzio)— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) September 1, 2014
While a versatile and talented midfielder, it appears more of a panic buy by Ancelotti than anything, mainly due to Xabi Alonso’s switch to Bayern Munich.
That’s something that journalist Sergi Dominguez agrees with, too, as he took to Twitter to question exactly why Los Blancos are looking at Guarin:
Fredy Guarin is absolutely average. Baffles me how Ancelotti is *reportedly* interested in him. Should go all-out for William Carvalho.— Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) September 1, 2014
It’s unlikely that the Colombian will agree to a switch to the Bernabeu if the move gathers pace, though, with first-team football set to be increasingly difficult to come across this season.
Besides, Real Madrid already have a squad with more than enough depth in it to dominate European football, it’s just a case of Ancelotti finding the right attacking system to deploy.
Their recent 4-2 loss to Real Sociedad will have been a shock to the system for the all-conquering Madrid, but signing a player like Guarin isn’t the solution, and fans will be hoping that it doesn’t materialise.