Orlando City SC confirm talks with Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez

The Mexico international has been linked with the likes of Liverpool and West Ham United in recent weeks but Orlando owner Flavio Augusto da Silva is optimistic about getting a deal done.

Orlando City SC owner Flavio Augusto da Silva has revealed that the club are currently in talks to bring Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez to MLS.

Speaking to MLSSoccer.com at half-time of his side’s 2-0 home defeat to FC Dallas last night, Da Silva said: “Many clubs in MLS are working to have this guy, but we are at the beginning of the conversation and, as you know, the less we talk about the situation the better, because we are in the middle of negotiations.

“We hope in one or two weeks to be ready to talk about Chicharito in a different way.”

Da Silva’s comments come following weeks of speculation linking Hernandez with a move to MLS, having been deemed surplus to requirements at United since last summer’s arrival of Louis van Gaal.

The Mexico international, who spent the 2014-15 campaign on loan at Real Madrid, has been named as a target for a number of European clubs of late, including Liverpool [h/t AS], Sevilla and West Ham United [h/t Daily Mail], but a possible stateside switch has not been ruled out either.

Orlando have continued to be mentioned as his likeliest destination, with general manager Paul McDonough even confirming their interest last month, but recent reports have suggested that the El Tri star’s financial demands could price him out of a move.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Hernandez’s current wage demands are over $10 million [£6.5 million] per year – a figure that would make him the league’s highest-paid player, while United are also claimed to be after a transfer fee in the region of $12 million [7.8 million].

However, having managed to secure the signing of Brazilian superstar Kaka last summer, Da Silva did not seem too concerned about the rumoured asking price.

“Why not for Orlando, why not for MLS?” he added to MLSSoccer.com. “Of course he’s a great player that every club in the world would like to have, and we’d love the chance to have him, too.

“Right now we don’t have anything done, and many clubs have interest, including us. So we’ll see if there is a possibility and then we’ll move forward.

“We are talking about many other players and other alternatives, but Chicharito would bring [us] not only a good player but a good connection to the Mexican community.

“When we talk about a player, we always talk about the numbers but, as I say, the less we talk about this now, the better.”

Da Silva’s remarks also follow reports this weekend that Orlando have even offered Hernandez the lucrative wage package he is looking for [h/t Medio Tiempo], although whether it will be enough to lure him across the Atlantic remains to be seen.

Aged 27, the United striker is entering the prime of his career and, as one of the stars of the Mexico national team, would be a major commercial draw for not just the Florida outfit but also the league on a whole.

With a proven goalscoring record in Europe, a potential partnership with Kaka could see him do some serious damage to MLS defences and make the expansion franchise certified title contenders in the process.

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