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Report: Chelsea want Mexico’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez


Javier Hernandez is ripping it up in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen and Premier League clubs are kicking themselves for not taking a chance on the former Manchester United forward in the summer.

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Hernandez, 27, spent six seasons at Old Trafford, scoring an impressive 59 goals in 157 appearances (mostly as a sub) but after spending last season on loan at Real Madrid it was clear the Mexican international was not part of Louis van Gaal’s plans at Old Trafford.

That led to plenty of transfer speculation over the summer and Leverkusen snapped up Chicharito for around $11 million in September. The El Tri star hasn’t looked back since with 10 goals in his first 14 appearances in the Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League for the German side.

According to ESPN, that impressive form means Chelsea are keeping a close eye on Hernandez and may make a move for the predatory forward in January as they only possess the misfiring Diego Costa, out of form Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy.

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Quite why Hernandez would want to leave Leverkusen just six months after arriving Germany is curious but if Chelsea offer the Mexico forward huge wages in either January or next summer, you could see him heading back to the Premier League with his transfer value probably doubling. However, one thing is clear: Hernandez’s recent good form has come after a consistent run of games as his sharpness is back in and around the box and Bayer are getting the full benefit of that. If he gives up regular minutes for being a bit-part player of a bigger team, can he maintain his form?

If Chicharito continues to score at this rate, expect plenty more of Europe’s top clubs to be sniffing around him once. United may regret letting him go.

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