Mexico’s Chicharito departs Manchester United; Will he reclaim his form in the Bundesliga?
This Little Pea went to the market, where he found a new home in Germany.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez is set to a sign a three-year deal with Bayer Leverkusen, giving the Mexico star a new lease on club life in the Bundesliga.
Hernandez, 27, was spotted in Germany and reportedly said goodbye to his Manchester United teammates after the 2-1 loss to Swansea City on Sunday.
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The 27-year-old is far from a surefire success, making the $18 million move a decent sale for Louis van Gaal’s side. And what his contract looks like is anyone’s guess, with rumors of $135k-per-goal demands deterring West Ham United.
Hernandez hasn’t been the key man on his squad since leaving Guadalajara for United in 2010, and his production for the Red Devils dropped off significantly over his time at Old Trafford.
A loan move to Real Madrid last season netted nine goals, the same number he scored for United the previous season. His national team production has also slipped, with five goals in 17 caps over two years.
Still, the move may pay off for Bayer and, especially, Mexico. Increased playing time for Hernandez could find him back in 20-goal form.
Bayer is a strong side where Hernandez could pair with Stefan Kiessling in an attack with dangerous Karim Bellarabi, Admir Mehmedi and Charles Aranguiz amongst others. They sold Heung-son Min to Spurs last week.
Like the move, Mexico fans? United fans? Bundesliga honks?