La Liga transfer rumour: Sevilla and Valencia target Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
La Liga sides Sevilla and Valencia are in the hunt for a centre-forward and they seem to have identified Javier Hernandez as the ideal addition to their squad. Both teams started the season poorly and while Valencia is only a point above the relegation zone, Sevilla has regained momentum and stands fourth in the La Liga.
Last summer transfer window, Sevilla, and Valencia did good business albeit at the cost of losing some of their most influential players. Barcelona signed Pablo Alcacer and Alvaro Negredo returned to the Premier League on loan to the newly promoted side Middlesbrough. This has depleted Valencia of attacking options despite best efforts from Mario Suarez and Nani.
Sevilla, on the other hand, lost Kevin Gameiro to Atletico Madrid while Italian forward Ciro Immobile was sold to Serie A side Lazio and Fernando Llorente signed up for the Premier League side Swansea City. Inbound striker Luciano Vietto seems to have settled rather quickly at the club being the top scorer with four goals, but it appears the club is determined to strengthen their squad in January as they set sights on record-breaking European success.
For either of the teams and whatever their purpose, Javier Hernandez has emerged as the right candidate to fill in. After being considered surplus at Manchester United, Chicharito spent a season on loan at Real Madrid which earned him a vital La Liga experience. Not only that but his performances were such that it allowed him a new lease of life as Bayer Leverkusen signed him and Chicharito has had a tremendous impact at the club ever since 2015.
The Mexican landed in Germany and registered the best season of his career in Europe scoring 26 goals in 40 games in all competitions for Bayer Leverkusen. The former Manchester United man has impressed equally this season almost scoring a goal in every game. So far, he has scored five goals in the Bundesliga and such form hasn’t gone unnoticed as he could be set for a career back in Spain.
However, it’ll be interesting to see how both teams approach the player’s release clause which is currently set at 45 million Euros. Furthermore, whether or not Bayer Leverkusen would be willing to negotiate remains to be seen but interest from both sides is very real.
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