'He wants to go elsewhere' - Agent of Abel Hernandez, Arsenal and Sunderland target

Abel Hernandez

Abel Hernandez will leave the Stadio Renzo Barbera for a new adventure this summer, according to his agent.

The agent of Palermo’s Abel Hernandez has announced that the striker will depart the club this summer.

Hernandez chose to stay with the Rosanero for this season despite the outfit’s relegation to Serie B in a disastrous 2012-13 campaign.

Sunderland were linked with a move for his services last summer whilst Arsenal reportedly made a failed attempt to sign him on deadline day.

The Uruguayan revealed in February he felt indebted to president Maurizio Zamparini and the fans after failing to play to his potential since landing at Palermo in 2009.

So it seems that the 23-year-old’s desire to come good in Sicily played a role in a Premier League transfer never coming to fruition.

But the situation has changed for both player and club.

Hernandez has been in fine form this term with 13 goals in 24 appearances, Palermo leading the Italian second division by 13 points with nine games to go.

And with the Rosanero a certainty to return to Serie A due in part to his performances, ‘La Joya’ seems to feel he has done his duty to the club and is ready to move on.

“Come June, Hernandez will leave the Rosanero, that’s for sure,” representative Pablo Betancourt definitively told calciomercato.com.

“He wants to go elsewhere and with the World Cup to his name could have further light shed on him.”

The question now turns to where the Uruguay international will go.

Sunderland would be ruled out by the distinct possibility of relegation, but Arsenal still need a striker and may have another look at Hernandez as a lower cost option. However, Hernandez himself said in February that he ‘dreams’ of playing for Newcastle United, whilst the Italian press seem convinced Inter will make a bid for him.

In short, there’s no clear indication of who will come in for him. But Hernandez has loads of talent, is still only 23 and should be plenty motivated after a season out of the top flight. So he should be hot property in the coming months especially now that his availability is public knowledge.

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