The Brazilian has been Lazio’s standout performer since arriving in the Italian capital in August 2010 – tallying 40 goals and 17 assists during his tenure.
Yet a protracted saga surrounding a contract extension – his current deal expires in June 2015 – has seen his situation grow increasingly more awkward at the Stadio Olimpico.
Club president Claudio Lotito is believed to have tired of cyclical negotiations and is in turn willing to allow the 28-year-old leave for a minimum of €16m.
Both Inter and Milan have been linked with a move that would see Hernanes remain in Serie A as a result – though interest from the Premier League is seemingly both strong and concrete.
Il Tempo have now claimed that the midfielder’s agent, Joseph Lee, has flown to England to engage in talks with Spurs – and in good news for those surrounding Old Trafford – United.
Arsenal have appeared to drop off the radar for his services, more interested in pursuing a much-needed striker with plenty of creativity in the centre of the park already.
Meanwhile, Tottenham look set to lose Lewis Holtby as the German has been starved for minutes under Tim Sherwood, though have other forces in midfield to compensate.
Christian Eriksen was only brought in on August 30 to the tune of £11m – standing as one of Europe’s brightest young playmakers at the time of his switch from Ajax.
It’s been a mixed bag for the Dane at the outset of his days at White Hart Lane, but it would be unwise to write off a 21-year-old significant investment of considerable talent.
And elsewhere in the squad Gylfi Sigurdsson still lies in wait as cover, whilst £30m flop Erik Lamela clearly needs time to come around and it would be unwise to put further impediments in his path.
Indeed – it’s United that need Hernanes most.
David Moyes’ midfield has become dubiously acclaimed for a lack of drive, of verve, of creativity – and that’s exactly what the Brazilian could provide.
If the forgotten Shinji Kagawa is not to be the man for the job, a solution must come from elsewhere on the market.
Hernanes has become renowned for his bursting runs forward, intelligent distribution and goal scoring prowess from midfield in Italy – all of which would immediately raise United’s level.
The 28-year-old’s untenable circumstance at Lazio this term have seen his productivity drop, but a fresh adventure holds the promise of renewed enthusiasm and would benefit both the player and his would-be buyers at Old Trafford.
At €16m the price is right as well, as United would struggle to find a potential purchase of Hernanes’ ilk elsewhere for such a figure – so should jump at the chance to take him on.
The Mancunians look poised to at least make a run at the Brazilian with Lee reportedly in England at present, but will need to move quickly to hold off any competition.
Because ‘The Prophet’, as he’s called – could prove to be exactly that for the sputtering champions down the road.