Sir Alex bring little known Guadalajara man to Old Trafford.
Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign striker Javier Hernandez from Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara for an undisclosed fee.
The deal for the 21-year-old, who has scored four goals in four senior international appearances for Mexico, is subject to a work permit.
Personal terms have been agreed and Hernandez passed a medical this week.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “I am delighted to have reached a deal to sign such an exciting young striker.”
He added: “He has been in prolific form for both his club and his country. He will be a great addition to our squad and we look forward to welcoming our first Mexican player in the summer.”
The club is to submit an application for Hernandez – who is known by the nickname Chicarito, which means ‘little pea’ – and if it is granted, he will become a United player on 1 July.
“I feel like I am living a dream,” Hernandez told MUTV.
“All the impressions I have of the club are good and Sir Alex Ferguson is a great person, maybe the best coach in the world.”
Should he, as expected, make Mexico’s World Cup squad, United fans could be given their first glimpse of his talents when England take on the South Americans at Wembley in a friendly on 24 May.
“I hope to be at the World Cup,” Hernandez commented.
“I have to work hard to win a place in the national team, then I might get a chance to play against England.” (BBC Sport)
Well that seemed to have come out of nowhere. Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly been monitoring the nippy pint sized Mexican striker for a little while now and has acted to complete the deal before the World Cup comes along and perhaps hikes the 21 year old’s price tag ever higher.
He’s been prolific in Mexican domestic football and has helped Guadalajara to a successful season thus far in what can only be described as very confusing in the sense that there are about four titles within the overall national title. Hernandez has also been astonishingly successful when representing the national team scoring four times in his first four appearances albeit those goals included friendlies against the mighty New Zealand and North Korea.
Its hard to know how long it will be United fans see Javier in the first team picture but at least the move will give Old Traffor supporters a reason to watch Mexico in the World Cup.