A report from Sky Sport Italia later repeated by Football Italia claims Juventus have improved their offer for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.
According to the report, the Serie A side want to pay €2million for a season-long loan with the option to buy for an additional €17million next summer.
If true, United should surely attempt to get something for themselves from the deal, especially when you consider that they have already sold Patrice Evra to the reigning Italian champions.
While an ultimate return of €19million for a striker who appears to have lost his mojo in recent times – following a lack of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford – is not to be sniffed at, there is a far better alternative that would see United improve their squad rather than their bank balance.
The Arturo Vidal rumours appear to have died down in recent days, with the Chilean international sending a tweet that suggested his future was in Turin. But if Juventus really are that keen to sign Hernandez, surely United should use their own interest in Vidal – along with Valencia’s apparent interest in the Mexican – as one final attempt to sign the answer to their midfield problems.
There is no need for United to do business with Juventus if Valencia are willing to match the Italian side’s offer. So why shouldn’t Louis van Gaal say Hernandez is all theirs, but only if he is used as a makeweight to bring Vidal to Old Trafford.
Otherwise, Juve should look elsewhere for a new front-man, rather than United accepting defeat in their Vidal pursuit and sending Hernandez to the club regardless.