Friday, April 23, 2010

Manchester United Beli Striker Baru Dari Mexico "Chicharito"

Manchester United have not had much luck with Latin American players down the years, but Sir Alex Ferguson will hope that the influence of Javier Hernández will succeed where Juan Sebastián Verón and others failed when the Mexico striker moves to Old Trafford in the summer.

Hernández, 21, will be formally announced as a United player on July 1 provided that an application for a work permit is successful.
It is thought that United will initially pay Chivas, the Mexican club, between £6 million and £8 million, although the fee could increase substantially depending on the player’s success.

As part of the deal, United will play in a match to mark the opening of the new 45,000-seat Chivas Stadium in Guadalajara in the summer.

Nicknamed “Chicharito”, or Little Sweet Pea, Hernández comes from a rich line of footballers. His father, Javier Sr, who was known as “Sweet Pea”, played in the 1986 World Cup finals for Mexico and his grandfather, Tomás Balcázar, represented the country in the 1954 tournament.

The news comes less than 24 hours after United were eliminated from the Champions League by Bayern Munich. But while it may not have been what fans yearning for proven, world-class signings had in mind, the capture of Hernández again underlines Ferguson’s commitment to buying emerging young players.

Hernández is United’s second signing for next season, with Chris Smalling also due to arrive in July in a £12 million move from Fulham.


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