Blaugrana preparing January swoop for Mexican bench-man.
Barcelona are interested in a surprise deal for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, fanatix has learnt.
Officials from the La Liga giants are understood to have spoken to United about the possibility of signing the Mexican in January – with the Red Devils not interested in entertaining offers.
Even so, Barca are ready to test United’s resolve with a £15m bid for the 24-year-old, who is considered the perfect replacement for ageing Spaniard David Villa.
Hernandez has been on blistering form for United this season, despite only starting three Premier League matches.
The Mexico international has bagged 9 goals in just ten starts in all competitions but is reportedly frustrated at being frequently overlooked in favour of Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
Barca believe that the poacher could work well in a front three with Lionel Messi and co., and believe he is undervalued at Old Trafford.
Villa, meanwhile, is in a similar position in Catalonia and is ready to quit the Spanish giants next month after failing to win a permanent place under new boss Tito Vilanova.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is reluctant to lose Hernandez but has plenty of firepower, with young Chilean forward Angelo Henriquez and Japanese star Shinji Kagawa also on the club’s books.
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