Manchester United reportedly set oddly low price tag for 59-goal striker

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According to reports in Italy, Manchester United have set a price tag of just £8.8m for striker Javier Hernandez.

Manchester United have taken well to the Louis van Gaa era, with pre-season wins over LA Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boosting spirits around Old Trafford following a dismal spell under David Moyes. The club have brought in Southampton left back Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, and more business is expected before the deadline in less than a month.

However, if players come in, some must leave too. Midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been linked with a move to Napoli this week, but now it's striker Javier Hernandez attracting interest having slipped behind the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck in the Old Trafford pecking order. 

Despite 59 goals in just 152 games at United, Hernandez has been little more than a peripheral figure for the Red Devils in the past 12 months, which actually led to to 'Chicharito' missing out on a place in Mexico's starting XI at this summer's World Cup, with manager Miguel Herrera preferring Oribe Peralta in attack.

That simply isn't good enough for Hernandez, and a move away seems logical as he looks to work his way back into Mexico's team. The likes of Southampton, Inter Milan and Juventus have all been linked with moves for Hernandez, whilst Atletico Madrid are also believed to be monitoring his situation.

Now, reports in Italy suggest that United have set an £8.8m price tag on Hernandez's head - which seems bizarrely low for a poacher of Hernandez's quality. It may simply be that United want to raise funds in order to try and sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, but it certainly seems that United are selling themselves short here.

Atletico had been linked with a €20m swoop for Hernandez last month, and that's closer to what Hernandez is worth rather than the €11m reported.

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