In an exclusive interview with the Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, Sevilla boss Unai Emery has admitted that Javier Hernandez is being considered as a possible Carlos Bacca replacement.
The recent Europa league winners have got a tough decision to make this summer, replacing their former Colombian international striker Bacca and the 28 goals he scored last season.
Dortmund’s Ciro Immobile and Juventus ace Fernando Llorente have been discussed, but the latest name Sevilla are considering is United’s Mexican international Chicharito.
“Now we have to find another Bacca, with a different name but with similar characteristics. It’s not easy, but there are opportunities,” Emery explained.
“There is Chicharito, Immobile and other players that we are evaluating, like Llorente, but it is not easy to get to him. What’s important is the desire, not the age.”
What next for Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez?
The former Chivas man spent the past 12 months on loan at Real Madrid, but similarly to his Old Trafford career, he found himself largely restricted to a place on the bench.
Chicharito does have his suitors, with West Ham United linked via the Daily Mail, United’s fierce rivals Liverpool credited with holding an interest in the Spanish paper AS plus an MLS link in the Orlando Sentinel.
The 27-year-old knows the Premier League well and his style of play, working off the defender’s shoulder and willing to run in behind, would suit an English team based on plenty of movement.
However, at this stage of his career he needs regular first-team football, and with the Reds or West Ham that might not be a guarantee due to the competition for places at both clubs.
While his La Liga adventure wasn’t quite what he wished for, a return with Sevilla would be a sound choice and with similar attributes to Bacca, boss Unai Emery could reignite his career in comparable fashion.