Report: New York Red Bulls set to battle Orlando City SC for Manchester United's Javier Hernandez

Orlando have publicly declared their interest in the Mexico striker this week but their plans could be scuppered by their MLS rivals.

Orlando City SC will face stiff competition from MLS rivals New York Red Bulls in their bid to sign Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez this summer, according to Diario Record.

Hernandez, 27, is expected to leave United in the near future after spending last season on loan at Real Madrid, where he scored nine goals in 33 total appearances, and has since been linked with a host of clubs.

The likes of Liverpool [h/t AS], Sevilla and West Ham United [h/t Daily Mail] have all been named as potential suitors in recent weeks but MLS has also continued to be reported as a possible destination.

Orlando have long-been considered the favourites for his signature should a stateside switch materialise, with owner Flavio Augusto da Silva confirmed this weekend that the expansion franchise are in talks to unite the Mexico international with Brazilian maestro Kaka in Florida.

Speaking at half-time of last night’s 2-0 home defeat to FC Dallas, Da Silva told “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 revealing comments also came mere hours after Mexican news outlet Medio Tiempo reported that his team have offered Hernandez a lucrative wage package of around $10 million [£6.5 million] per year – a figure that would make him the league’s highest-paid player.

United are also claimed to be looking for $12 million [£7.8 million] in return for his signature but, with MLS themselves expected to cover a sizeable portion of the fee, a deal is believed to be workable.

However, it now looks like Orlando could have to fight at least one of their league rivals to bring Hernandez across the Atlantic, with Diario Record claiming that the Red Bulls are also after the diminutive forward.

Bradley Wright-Phillips is currently the only Designated Player on the club’s roster after Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill both left in the winter, leaving plenty of room for another big-name addition to help keep their post-season push on course.

As one of the stars of the Mexico national team, Hernandez would be a major commercial draw in New York, while his age and goalscoring pedigree would also suggest that he would be well worth the reported asking price considering the potential rewards.

It remains to be seen who would win out in a battle between Orlando and the Red Bulls for his services but there should be little doubt that he would prove a huge hit on either team.

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