The collective freakout can be put on the shelf. Javier Hernández, rumored Juventus transfer target, is not coming to Turin. Instead, he is off to Real Madrid after a number of media outlets both in Spain and Italy reported the deal between the European Champions and Manchester United is as final as final can get.
Don't believe me? Well, I have assembled a short collection of said reports from around both Spain and Italy.
Real Madrid have agreed terms with Manchester United over a loan move for Mexico international striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernández.
Chicharito Hernández is the nº9 that Real have been looking for as a finishing touch to the team before the summer market comes to a close tomorrow. 'Los Blancos' are at present deep in negotiations with Manchester United to get the deal done in time.
From Gianluca Di Marzio, with added financial information:
Real Madrid have closed the deal for Chicharito Hernandez. The parties reached an agreement, he will join on loan with €22M option to buy. He will earn €3.5M per year. The Mexican striker is expected to arrive in Madrid tomorrow.
I think it's safe to say we're just an "OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL" away from this being a thing and Chicharito posing for the cameras while holding one of those new Real Madrid shirts. Hey, maybe it's one of those fancy pink kits! They seemed to have good luck for Madrid over the weekend. Or maybe not...
But that kind of won't be happening here, of course. Juventus reportedly offered a one-year loan worth €2 million and then a €17 million option to buy during next summer's transfer window. However, when you're competing for a player's signature with Real Madrid and their stacks of cash that come along with them, it's easy to see why Manchester United accepted that offer rather than the one Juventus reportedly sent their direction.
So Juventus continue their search for that ever elusive fifth striker. To be honest, I really don't feel like writing about Marco Borriello again. Maybe we'll just see Kingsley Coman be a striker this season and therefore the search for striker No. 5 is solved internally. I'd be cool with that, especially considering the alternatives we've heard about lately.
At least Dani Osvaldo is off hanging out with Inter, so there's that name to cross off the list. Addition by subtraction, I suppose.