Valencia chasing Chicharito
Struggling La Liga side Valencia are considering a move for Bayer Leverkusen’s former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, according to reports in Spain.
Spanish sports newspaper AS is reporting that Valencia are weighing up making a sensational swoop for Bayer Leverkusen’s star Mexican striker Javier Hernandez.
The dynamic poacher, nicknamed “Chicharito” which translates to Little Pea, has been in outstanding form since signing for Leverkusen from Manchester United in the summer of 2015, scoring an impressive 33 goals in 48 appearances for the Bundesliga side.
AS believe that, despite Valencia’s mounting debt, they are keen to make a move for the prolific striker, who could cost as much as £40 million.
Los Che have recently sacked former Liverpool assistant manager Paco Ayesteran as their coach, replacing him with former Italian national team manager Cesare Prandelli in a bid to reverse their fortunes and bounce back from a poor start to the season.
Over the summer, Valencia lost such key players as Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes and striker Paco Alcacer – who both joined FC Barcelona for €55 million and €30 million respectively – as well as German World Cup winning defender Shkodran Mustafi who joined Arsenal for £35 million.
The Spanish side are one of the biggest clubs in La Liga, but their recent form has not reflected their status. They famously appointed as manager and then sacked former Manchester United defender Gary Neville last season.