Report: Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez too expensive for MLS

Javier Hernandez celebrates goal for Mexico

The 27-year-old Mexico international has been strongly linked with a move to Orlando City SC this summer.

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez looks increasingly unlikely to move to MLS this summer due to his high asking price, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Hernandez, 27, is expected to leave Old Trafford in the near future after spending last season on loan at Real Madrid, where he scored nine goals in 13 starts and 20 substitute appearances.

The out-of-favour forward, whose current deal expires in 2016, has been named as a potential target for a number of English clubs of late, including Liverpool [h/t AS] and West Ham United [h/t Daily Mail], but there have also been strong rumours about a possible stateside switch.

ESPN Deportes’ Jorge Ramos claimed last week that there was mutual interest between the Mexico international and the San Jose Earthquakes, while Orlando City SC have continued to be linked with his signature.

Orlando general manager Paul McDonough has even confirmed their interest in bringing him across the Atlantic, telling MLSsoccer.com in May: “If good players want to come to Orlando, we will always be willing to talk to them.

“I think he is the type of the player that would do well for many teams in the league. For us specifically, I believe he could come in and score a lot of goals, and help with all the opportunities we create throughout the course of the game.”

With the team’s interest made known, Click Orlando made the bold claim earlier this month that there was “65 to 70 percent chance” Hernandez would join Orlando, but it looks like those figures have tumbled since.

According to the Orlando Sentinel’s report, Hernandez has been negotiating with MLS this summer but talks have now stalled due to the finances involved.

The former Chivas product's wage demands are claimed to be north of $10 million [£6.5 million] per annum – a number that would make him the league’s highest-paid player, while United are also said to be after a transfer fee in the region of $12 million [7.8 million].

Entering the prime of his career, Hernandez’s past success at Old Trafford might lead some to argue that he is well worth that price but, at the same time, it is put into perspective when considering that the total investment would be around double what Orlando are committing to club captain Kaka’s contract.

As one of the stars of the Mexico national team, the 74-times capped forward would be a major commercial draw for MLS but all the signs seem to point towards him remaining in Europe for the foreseeable future.

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