Chicharito did not have his best season for Manchester United last year but still bagged a relatively high volume of goals, 18 to be precise, across all competitions, despite featuring consistently as a sub.
He’s spoken openly of his frustration at not being able to start consistently for United and a very lucrative carrot could now be dangled in front of David Moyes.
The question is whether he should snap up a £17 million offer from Juventus for someone who could turn out to be very important next season.
Moyes would more than likely want to wait until the future of Wayne Rooney has been resolved because if Rooney leaves the club, it instantly elevates Chicharito’s status at Old Trafford.
It would mean an improved chance of starting games alongside Robin van Persie and generally becoming the striker his promise proved he could be during his first year with the club.
Hernandez does have the ability to become a very prolific forward for United over the course of next season and his popularity with the fans means there will be pressure on the club to try and keep him.
The most likely case where a £17 million deal will be accepted is if Rooney leaves, is replaced by another prolific striker and Hernandez just gets tired of waiting around for his chance to lead the attack.
Should Rooney decide to stay then it’s the same scenario because Hernandez will more than likely face another season on the bench, because Rooney seems to want to feature in every big game if he is going to commit his future to the club.
United may feel that £17 million is a little low for a striker of Chicharito’s quality going on the modern day transfer market.
However, remember that’s just an initial price which is currently doing the rounds in the press.
Once clubs learn that Hernandez is available, that fee could quickly go the right side of £20 million as clubs compete against each other to try and get their noses in front in the race to sign him.
United would be weaker without him but they have to judge the value of a big bid for him against the context of how he played last season and how he will play next season.
Moyes is unlikely to take too many risks during his first year in charge of the club and he already faces a monumental challenge sorting Rooney’s future out. He won’t want another headache and another problem sucking goals out of his team.
Would you take a £17 million offer for Hernandez?
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