Man United sell Javier Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen for £7.3m

Javier Hernandez

The Mexican forward’s future is in Germany after falling out of favour under Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United have confirmed on their official website that they have sold striker Javier Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen, with BBC Sport claiming the deal was agreed with the fee of £7.3 million.

The Mexico international has been at Old Trafford for five years and was a firm favourite of Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, following the appointment of Louis van Gaal, Chicharito slipped down the preference and spent last season out on loan at Real Madrid.

The chance to move to the BayArena will give the sprightly forward more of an opportunity to play regularly, with Leverkusen also competing in this season’s Champions League.

For United, the sale of Hernandez, who is the only real back-up option for Wayne Rooney in the number nine role, suggests that the club will conclude a deal for a new striker before the transfer window closes today.

BBC Sport suggest that a deal for Monaco’s Anthony Martial is all but done, which will boost Van Gaal’s options in attack.

Hernandez told the Leverkusen website that he was looking forward to starting his new challenge in the Bundesliga.

"I know the English Premier League and the Primera Division in Spain, two of the three major European leagues. Now I want to experience the Bundesliga,” Hernandez told the Leverkusen website.

"It's wonderful that I get to play for a club like Bayer Leverkusen. It's a great opportunity for me and I want to achieve something here.”

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