While his side struggled to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of FC Dallas on Saturday night, Orlando City SC’s Brazilian billionaire of an owner, Flavio Augusto da Silva, was busy himself, further fanning the flames of transfer gossip linking Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to the expansion MLS side.
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Hernandez, who currently finds himself in club limbo after his loan to Real Madrid ended without a permanent signing and Manchester United are seemingly uninterested in bringing the 27-year-old back to Old Trafford, has been linked to a move to Major League Soccer on a number of occasions in recent months.
Augusto da Silva, Orlando City SC’s majority owner, spoke at halftime of Saturday night’s game, telling the assembled media “we are in the middle of negotiations” with the El Tri star, who is currently out of action with a broken collarbone.
Augusto da Silva, on OCSC’s pursuit of Hernandez, from the Orlando Sentinel:
“Why not for Orlando, why not for MLS?” he 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.”
Giovani dos Santos, one of Hernandez’s most high-profile Mexican national team teammates, is said to be on the verge of signing with the LA Galaxy for somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 or $7 million per year. Hernandez, given his history as a 59-goalscorer for Man United and his infinite marketability in the United States, would likely command a similar salary.