Could Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez join fellow El Tri striker Erick “Cubo” Torres in Major League Soccer?
That’s the story out of the Daily Mail, which claims Orlando City SC would like to pair Chicharito with Kaka in what would be among the dream scenarios for some European club soccer fans just a few short years ago.
Orlando would have to pay a lot of dough to bring in Chicharito, who is on loan at Real Madrid from Manchester United. Similar reports have claimed Chicharito could be used as makeweight in a deal to bring Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton to Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old has four goals in 21 appearances across all competitions for Madrid, and scored just four league goals for Manchester United last season after three-straight seasons hitting for double-digit goals in Manchester. His international production has dropped off as well, slipping to 4 goals in his last 14 matches for Mexico.
Hernandez has cut a frustrated figure during his loan spell at Real Madrid this season but still has plenty of interest from other Premier League and European sides.
Southampton, Stoke, West Ham and Everton are all interested with United willing to sell for around £8million.
Wolfsburg, AC Milan, Lazio and Inter Milan are also keen on the 26-year-old who has one year left on contract.
Would he be worth the money he’d surely command to bring him back to North America? Hernandez turns 27 on June 1, which is younger than the usual candidates of his name recognition to hit MLS, and surely he’d score plenty of goals.
But it’s hard to imagine, barring homesickness, that anything other than an abnormally bumper deal would bring him to the States just now. And aren’t there better ways for Orlando to spend their money than Hernandez, who would likely do well but isn’t a guaranteed superstar?