The most desired man in soccer
College Contributor Network
With the summer transfer window quickly approaching, transfer talk is all the rage. However, of all the players around the world, the most talked about star has been Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.
The Mexican international is currently on loan at Real Madrid, but has not had many first team chances at the Santiago Bernabeu. It has become clear that Hernandez will not be staying at his home club Manchester United, and it is very unlikely be signing a permanent deal in Madrid.
Though he is not the first option at Real or Man U, clubs around the world are lining up to sign the 26-year-old star. Just about every major league in the world has at least one team interested in the striker.
Though offers from MLS teams such as Orlando City have been rumored, it is likely that Chicharito will stay in Europe.
There has also been rumor that Hernandez may link up with former boss David Moyes at Real Sociedad. This seems like a viable possibility because Chicharito would be almost guaranteed regular first-team action and would also be linking up with fellow Mexican national Carlos Vela.
However, there have also been offers for Hernandez to return to England. Liverpool, who have been struggling with goal scoring all season, have also been linked with Chicharito. This seems like a viable option for the Merseyside club as they look to reenforce their front line.
Both Tottenham and Southampton are also keeping an eye on the forward as they also look to provide support for their top goal scorers. Both teams have had one dominant striker this season, but have not had the depth of the top teams in the league.
Hernandez also has options in other nations. Italian teams such as Lazio have also been linked to the Mexican international. With Miroslav Klose advancing in age, the Italian side is searching for a good option at striker, and believe that Hernandez may be the appropriate option.
Another team that is searching to reenforce their goal scoring ability by signing Hernandez, is Roma. The Serie A giants have been another team that has lacked a true quality striker for much of the season, and is considering Chicharito this summer.
The most surprising team linked to Chicharito is Bayern Munich. The German giants have one of the deepest lineups in the world, and have some of the biggest stars in all of football, but have still been linked to Hernandez.
This would likely not be the best option for Hernandez if he hopes to play regular first-team football, but would definitely guarantee him Champions League play. At Bayern, he may also get more action than he has seen for Real Madrid, due to Bayern having only a few true strikers. Most of Bayern's forwards are either wingers or midfielders playing out of position, possibly giving Hernandez more play time.
Ultimately, Javier Hernandez will almost definitely be on the move this summer and has a variety of options. The 26-year-old striker will have to make a careful decision to decide which team will offer him both top-quality play and sufficient playing time.
Nick Papadis is a sophomore at American University majoring in broadcast journalism and broadcasts AU Men's Soccer amongst other sports. Nick is an avid Liverpool fan. Follow him on twitter @NPSoccerTalk