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Could Chicharito be about to depart?

Stephen Dunn

Interest appears to be intensifying over Manchester United striker Javier Hernández, with Southampton the latest club reportedly interested in signing the Mexican. They apparently face competition for both Atlético Madrid and Inter Milan for Chicharito's services:

Southampton have already signed Graziano Pellè from Feyenoord to bolster their attack this summer, though with the history of Eredivisie flops in the Premier League, it's understandable they'd want a more proven attacker like Hernández in attack too.

However, it was only on Wednesday that Atléti coach Diego Simeone heaped praise on the United forward, describing him as "great in one-on-one situations" and as "someone who could be useful to any team."

It'd be a pity to lose Hernández, who offers a kind of threat none of our other strikers do. However, he's undeniably looked pretty off-colour when he's played in red over the last season or two, and if his lack of pre-season playing time is anything to go by, Louis van Gaal probably wouldn't be averse to selling him.